What are the benefits of being active for at least 3 hours each day?
• Improves cardiovascular health
• Contributes to a healthy weight
• Improves bone health
• Supports learning of social skills
• Develops movement and co-ordination
We had many activities for the children to enjoy and it was great to have parents join us with their expertise – a football coach and gymnastics instructor! The children loved their football session, learning ball skills, playing as a team, negotiating space successfully, cheering on their friends and celebrating the ‘man of the match’.
They learnt how to do a forward roll, played tennis and badminton. The children played catch as a group and in pairs, developing hand-eye coordination. We engaged in large-scale mark making, using water and rollers on the floor and large chalkboard. We practiced our throwing skills, showing increasing control whilst aiming at targets.
The children completed an obstacle course – jumping over hurdles, negotiating tyres, stepping stones and weaving between cones. We had competitive races from jumping to egg and spoon. Again, it was lovely to hear the children cheering, calling their friends names from the sidelines and learning about the different emotions that come with winning and losing. And the new water dispensers were a big hit, getting lots of use, ensuring everyone was well hydrated.