Our house has different play zones. It kinda just happened. There are zones for creating and making, focused learning, construction, calming and movement! Our lounge room is our movement zone. The place L lets off steam if he can’t go outside. My friend and I were just saying to each other yesterday that our poor couches have had their fair share of beatings! And our chandelier is only hanging by a thread (anyone know a good electrician?! Lol)
While it absolutely drives me bonkers when L bounces around the house and uses the furniture as a jungle gym, it is vital for his wellbeing and cognition. His mood and behaviour is steady and calm if he has had plenty of exercise and he usually sleeps well after a day of physical play.
Basically, the facts are this. Humans need to move. We all know this! Children in particular, need to move. Research shows that free movement can give children the space to develop self-awareness, learn non-verbal ways of communicating and to get to know their own body.
Movement helps children develop skills like balance and coordination; develop their muscle strength and endurance. too. Holy smokes! Sounds like real important benefits to me!
With this in mind, can I encourage you think about a good movement space in your home. It doesn’t matter how big or small your house is, just have 1 space where jumping, rolling, spinning or dancing is acceptable for the times your child can’t get outside.
Tell me! Where is/ where could be your movement space?!