Simple playthings such as balls, jump ropes, hula hoops and riding toys, do more for encouraging physical activity than swings, jungle gyms and other “stationary” or “fixed” playground equipment, according to a recent report in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.
The findings are important because they show that schools and
day-care centers don’t need expensive playground equipment to keep kids
active. The data was collected by researchers from the University Of
North Carolina School Of Public Health.
important barrier to overcoming the inclination to buy expensive
structures may be due to the mindset that the word playground
automatically forms a picture of a play structure. However, the North
Carolina research reminds us that expensive structures ($50,000-$150,000
each) are not necessary expenditures if your intent is to get kids
Surprisingly, stationary equipment, such as climbing structures,
swings and balance beams, were associated with lower-intensity physical
activity, researchers said, but are beneficial to other aspects of child
development, such as motor and social skills. link