As Americans fret about the growing obesity epidemic in children, people ask, "How can we get kids moving?" Yet many programs leave children bored, inattentive, and eager to quit. What works for adults - competitive games, repetitive exercise routines - does not necessarily work for children. Children tend to be excited by spontaneity, creativity, imagination, adventure, novelty, and FUN. At the same time, they enjoy a challenge: they like to learn, achieve, develop skills, and accomplish goals.
In partnership with PlayCore, Inc. and a team of play experts from Louisiana State University, AAPAR has created a new curriculum to promote fitness for children of all ability levels through the use of playground equipment. Play On! includes full-color photos and clear instructions for 100 learning activities for children in grades K-5. School teachers, community leaders, and kids will all enjoy exploring new ways to play: climbing, swinging, sliding, spinning, balancing, running, jumping, and more. The learning activities are consistent with National Association for Sport and Physical Education standards and include some variations for children with disabilities. Safety and teaching tips are provided to help the educator guide students safely and effectively through the activities. Introductory commentary puts the activities in context and provides thoughtful and instructive commentary on the importance of free play, imaginative play, and structured play.
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TOPICfitness and physical activity, physical education
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