As we let out a sigh of relief for the lifting of restrictions nation-wide, we can finally give in to a little bit of fun and blow off some steam. It’s time to take some inspiration from Ninja Warrior and get your kids active.
We aren’t the only ones in need of activities to spark joy, our little ones have experienced a year they’re unlikely to forget.
Whether they have been schooled from home, experienced a different classroom vibe or have had their sports restricted, it’s time to reward them with some playtime.
Playtime for children is invaluable. Finland is a testament to that fact, ranking as one of the top three nations in the world for their student’s academic results.
So what is Finland doing differently?
They’re encouraging the children of Finland to play. Their focus has shifted from homework towards being outdoors or among friends and learning from their experiences and environment. Kids in Finland start school at age seven, they have shorter school days than Australian kids, after every lesson they play for 15 minutes and have a 75 minute lunch.
Much of this encouraged play is to teach kids how to learn rather than how to take a test. In a way, their playground becomes their classroom. Kids are also encouraged to talk about what they learnt from their playtime when they return to classes. Finnish kids are also among the happiest kids in the world. The results speak for themselves, they are surely on to something.
We can follow by example and encourage our children to play. One way to do this is by visiting an indoor obstacle course centre. Places like Ninja Parc teach kids how to problem solve as they work their way through varying obstacles. Obstacle activities also boost kids’ balance and coordination abilities while promoting a bucket load of fun.
Places like Ninja Parc indoor obstacle course tap into the very essence of childhood: play and adventure. In a time where screen-time strongly vies for the attention of children, parents may find it is hijacking children’s ability to entertain themselves.
Alternative activities, such as playgrounds are a great way to curb the magnetism of screen-time and divert their eyes to something that will get them active and inspire fun. Taking it to the next level with an indoor obstacle course is an even better way to inspire the ‘wow’ response in kids. With the option to run, jump, climb, hang, swing and even fall but onto soft padded mats at minimal risk. If you hark back to your days as a kid, this is essentially it, but probably safer. This is also a great destination for parties and rainy days. Centres also have Ninja classes, which is an option as an alternative to after-school sport.
Better yet, indoor obstacle centres are not limited to kids. There are adult versions as well, such as parkour, which focuses on balance, coordination, agility and strength. Therefore, you can also enjoy some fun playtime and sneak in some exercise while your children do too.
Sounds like fun, doesn’t it? Let’s become Ninja warriors.
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