The Balance park in primary school
The years in primary school are a time when children should get used to being physically active on a regular basis. At this time the foundation is laid for building self-confidence and joy of movement for the rest of their life. Challenging physical activities have proven beneficial to children's motoric and intellectual development, and balance skills are also crucial to almost all sports.
Giving children the opportunity for play-based balance training is the very philosophy behind Rampline's balance park concept. A number of primary schools have good experiences with introducing a balance park in the schoolyard for the benefit of the children.
- The balance park works for all ages. Children do not outgrow the equipment.
- Unsurpassed stimulation of supporting muscles, balance and motor skills.
- Excellent safety: Exciting devices that gives that tickle in the stomach, even if the fall height is low.
- Simple and thoughtfully designed devices that can be used in many different ways. Such devices facilitates creative play and nourish the children's urge to explore. Therefore children do not get bored, but will constantly rediscover the playground.
- Low profile: The balance park does not tower in the landscape. It fits in nicely in most places.
- Universal design: Low height and easy access to the devices means that everyone can participate regardless of function level.
- Sustainable design: Robust equipment designed with care for the environment. Wise material choices and replaceable parts provide a long life.
EXAMPLE OF A BALANCE PARK for the primary school
The balance park concept means putting together two or more pieces of balance equipment to provide a number of possible combinations of movement. Jumping between the devices is an extra challenge for both flexibility, motor skills and balance. It provides further obstacles when the user already master one individual balancing device.
Some experiences with balance parks in primary schools
- The balance park is in use in breaks as well as in gym class activities.
- Schools report on extended use after school hours. It is not unusual to see families go to the balance park for a day out.