A playground is not a place just to play but to learn lessons of life. Emil Ferris once quoted “I learned how not to be alone in the playground.” As children of 70s, 80s or 90s even the children of the Millennium are entitled to lead a playful life with friends rather than spending time with lifeless gadgets. A outdoor pay zone in a school is as important to the student’s physical, intellectual, ,social and emotional development as a classroom teaching.
Let’s look in to the benefits of having an outdoor play zone or a playground in a school premise in the present article:
- Create a Faster and Better Next Gen
The pathetic state of our Next Gen kids is because of lack of outdoor play zone exposure as compared to the previous generations. The neuroscience studies conducted in US suggested that playing with schoolmates for one fifth of the school life is the key to swiftness and well being of a child.. According to Kay Redfield Jamison “Children need the freedom and time to play. Play is not a luxury. Play is a necessity.” This is the reason why playground is the necessity for a school premise and in lack of this lethargy and health hazards are shown a way in.
- Cognitive development
“Play is our brain’s favourite way of learning.” This indicates that playing in an open space with one’s playmates enhances the cognitive learning and emotional development of the child. This is unlike the controlled environment of a classroom under the purview of a teacher. The play time with friends leads to development of sharing, caring, teamwork, leadership and many other qualities without much adult intervention. Such child play brings out creativity and builds better imagination in the children to become better human beings in the future.
3. Better Memory and Attention Span
The break time in between the class hours needs to be kept as outdoor play time as it will increase the brain’s attention and enhance the concentration levels of the children. The physical activity leads to less fidgety behaviour in the classroom due to physical exhaustion during play time. The physical activity also enhances the supply of oxygenated blood to the brain leading to freshness in the mental alertness of the child as pointed out by the Occupational Therapists Association of India.
- Better Social Behaviour amongst the Peers
In a outdoor play zone children are open to develop better social skills while mingling with a larger peer group without much adult intervention. They are open to interact with children from different ethnic cultures and learn the nuances of resolving conflicts amongst themselves. The listening skills and speaking skills are also developed well when the children are dealing with their peers in a open ground on their own.
The above discussed are the main reasons why researchers, doctors and eminent people in the field of education are recommending outdoor play zones in schools for a healthy Next Gen. Arwachin is following this with a concept of outdoor play zones and play time breaks in between the school hours for a healthy student population at their premise.