Use Of Play Equipment : Slide, Bridge / Tunnel Climber, And Swing

811 Words Nov 20th, 2016 4 Pages
The tremendous physical changes taking place during early and middle childhood creates opportunities to influence child activity in ways that stimulate beneficial growth; and outdoor play environments are excellent venues in accomplishing this stimulation. We illustrate this by discussing three different types of play equipment – slide, bridge/tunnel climber, and swing - and identify the types of play each encourage, review how the various gross and fine motor skills are enhanced, and examine how constructive materials and safety aspects cooperate as well.

Healthy play environments include equipment that encourage multiple play types. Shapiro and Maras (as cited in Colorado State University-Global Campus, 2016) conclude that the child developing brain permits increased motor skills, and these skills are swayed by various types of play; therefore, today’s wide variety of toys and play equipment contribute to these developing motor abilities (p.3). Environments with play equipment that facilitate multiple play types, such as sliding, climbing, and swinging, influence and stimulate childhood motor skills.

Gross motor skills involve the larger muscles of the body; and the ways motor skills develop are revealed in stages throughout childhood. Early childhood is usually defined as birth to five years, and middle childhood is usually defined as age six to eleven years (Center for Disease Control and Prevention, 2016). Because gross motor skills develop in stages, play…

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