My students need playground balls, sand toys, a ring toss game, and a balance beam to help them develop basic PE skills and improve their physical health.
"We like to move it, move it!" What four year old does not like to be active?! Yet, not having enough, or the appropriate type of playground equipment can limit a child's outdoor play experience. This is the problem facing the Pre-K and Kindergarten students at our school.
I have the pleasure of working with 32 energetic four year old students who are naturally curious and eager to learn about and interact with the world around them.
This is such an important age when so many lifelong habits are being established. My students live in a low socioeconomic area, many in apartments, and don't have the luxury of being able to go out into a yard to play. Our outdoor activity time is often the only opportunity they have to run around and play in a safe environment. Unfortunately, we have very little equipment for them to use. Moreover, they need to share this equipment daily with 30 additional Pre-K students and over 100 Kindergarten students. Because so many students have to share, what little equipment we do have, falls quickly into disrepair. Severe budget cuts have made it very difficult to just replace these basics and have thereby made it difficult to fulfill our school's responsibility to promote physical development and good physical health.
Having more and new equipment will ensure that every child is engaged and not spending most of their outdoor playtime waiting for a turn. With a variety of equipment, specific areas of play can be established through which the students will be able to rotate. The students will be able to engage in purposeful play that will help build their coordination and gross motor skills. Rubber playground balls will help them learn to catch, throw, and bounce and give them the foundational skills they will need to play team sports later in their school career. A balance beam will help them develop coordination and balance. Playing the ring toss learning games will help reinforce number and letter concepts they have learned in the classroom while developing their hand/eye coordination. Having appropriate and an adequate amount of sand toys will encourage meaningful sand play that will help them make discoveries about capacity and volume.
New equipment will help us create an enriching outdoor learning environment that all of our Pre-K and Kindergarten children will be able to use every day.
Participating in these activities daily will innocuously help them develop the lifelong habit and appreciation of the importance of physical activity - an attitude that is essential in fighting childhood obesity.
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|CS312 - Make-A-Castle Sand Molds • Lakeshore Learning||$16.95||1||$16.95|
|RE111 - Dino-Dig Excavation Kit • Lakeshore Learning||$24.95||1||$24.95|
|RA191 - Beginner’s Balance Beams • Lakeshore Learning||$119.00||1||$119.00|
|HH150 - Ring Toss Learning Games • Lakeshore Learning||$59.95||1||$59.95|
|UB10 - 10" Lakeshore Playground Ball • Lakeshore Learning||$9.40||10||$94.00|
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