New shoes, new clothes, pencils, markers, backpacks and the dreaded task of getting the kids back to a routine. Transitioning from those relaxed summer days filled with unlimited play to homework, after school activities and scheduled bedtimes can be challenging. We’ve pulled together our favorite tips to help create balance between play and school.
- Homework, chores, playtime
No one likes it, but homework is an important part of learning. There aren’t a lot of kids who would choose studying over play, but providing time for both is ideal for mental and physical development. Taking short breaks while completing homework gives kids a chance to burn off energy, have fun and engage their creative side. Jumping on a Springfree trampoline is the perfect way to reward a studious child. . The more time spent bouncing, the more children develop their motor skills and coordination. A study conducted by Science Direct on the effects of trampoline exercise intervention on motor performance and balance found significant performance improvement in training program that included a variety of trampoline exercises. The results of the study reported improved balance and coordination ability of all participants. (Research in Development Disabilities 34 (2013) Science Direct) So our suggestion is to mix up after school time with a healthy balance of homework, playtime and household chores to keep the kids energized and their bodies and minds active.
Research shows that a good balance of left and right brain activity stimulates endorphins. Kids need both creativity and concentration in the classroom.
This means idle less time spent on devices and screens and more time exploring the world around them and their imagination. Encourage your kids to see and experience everyday objects in a different way. Have them try some of these trampoline activities to stimulate their imagination.
Humans are social beings. And children learn better with friends. Playdates create opportunities to expand social skills, build confidence and engage imaginations all through play. As they establish new friendships, playdates also provide kids with something to look forward to as they re-establish back to school routines.
4. Outdoor Learning
Outdoor play is a great way to learn about science and nature. After spending the day in a classroom, it’s important for kids to spend some time after school outside to rejuvenate. You can even combine outdoor play with learning. Use your Springfree as a reading nook, or break out the chalk and solve math problems using the mat as a writing surface.
5. Bounce Before Breakfast
Isn’t it amazing that kids seem to roll out of bed with more energy than a wind-up toy? That energy can make even the simplest morning tasks near impossible to accomplish. Consider letting them bounce on the trampoline just before breakfast. It’s a great way to get the blood flowing, burn off some excess energy and get them smiling and ready for the day ahead.
The most important thing in establishing your back to school routine is finding an activity that your kids will enjoy doing. They’re more likely to stick to an activity if it’s something they get excited about. A good amount of outdoor, unstructured play will help the kids adjust to their back to school schedule faster and keep them happy and healthy.
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