Creating active spaces
There are many ways to create environments that increase children’s activity levels.
The following photographs of an early childcare centre show practical ways to create indoor and outdoor environments that promote physical activity for children.
Active Story time:
Instead of having children sit down during reading time try reading through a story with them while standing and participating in actions that recreate the movements in the story. This photograph shows a teacher reading “I’m going on a bear hunt” and encouraging children to move during the story. (Click to expand)
Chair-free table top time:
If you set up activity on table tops and remove chairs children are more likely to stand when playing and move around the table during an activity. (Click to expand)
Rather than only allow children free play, why not set up an obstacle course or a number of different ‘challenges’ for the children, e.g. “Run over to the wall and give the educator a high five, jump back to another educator and crawl through her legs, do three star jumps, run around the tree and come back and give me a high five”. (Click to expand)
Why not hang objects or create horizontal music or painting walls so that children have to stand and move when playing with them. (Click to expand)
Encourage jumping or hopping to the next activity
Share an experience or idea
What are some other ways that you can change an environment to encourage physical activity for children?