Benefits Of Group Activities For Children
Children love to play, and it is through play they begin to master the basic fundamental skills required to participate in group activities and exercise. Fundamental movement skills provide a foundation for many physical activities including play, games, dance, outdoor recreation and sports. Having these skills is an essential part of enjoyable participation and a lifelong interest in an active lifestyle.
One of the main benefits of participating in a group activity for children is learning how to become part of a team. Team work promotes problem solving to get to a common goal. For example, a group of children participating in an obstacle course relay race will automatically begin to assess the course and help each other finish the course in the fastest time possible. Another positive aspect of group activity for children is the development of social skills. Children will be able to learn more about speech and how to use it to get what they want or need. Your child will learn more about mixing, compromising and sharing with others. From regular active participation in group activities, children will naturally learn when to back down and they will understand that not everything will go their own way. Equally as important, they will learn to assert themselves and ensure they receive their turn or get a go of the ball, whatever the case may be in the particular game involved.
Just like adults, children also need regular exercise. Most children will need to spend at least one hour per day being physically active. Regular active participation in group activities will help your child:
- Fell less stressed
- Feel better about themselves
- Improve concentration levels
- Increase energy levels
- Maintain a healthy weight
- Build and keep healthy heart, bones, muscles and joints
- Decrease the risk of developing health related problems/illnesses as they grow older
- Sleep better a night
- How to build and maintain friendships as they grow older
It is also important to consider the fun factor which group activities bring to children. When your child discovers their favourite group activity, that activity will quickly become a tent pole for which the rest of their week is built upon. As a parent, you will soon realise that this is the one activity they will not want to miss.
Eamonn Lynch – Sports Coordinator Park Academy Childcare – Keeping Children Active