It’s not surprising when “recess” is a child’s response after being asked what part of school is his or her favorite. Recess is their well-deserved break from completing tough math equations, reading lengthy textbooks and maintaining an indoor voice for far longer than they knew was possible.
August is quickly coming to a close – and with its end comes the beginning of a new school year – so International Play Equipment Manufacturers Association and the Voice of Play want to help parents properly prepare their children for the best – and safest – experience out on the playground.
Parents can rest easy knowing their children enjoy much safer equipment and surfacing than ever before, but there are a few extra steps you can take before your child even heads out the door. Here are a few tips to discuss with your children before they head off to school for the new year:
- While playground surfaces are expected to be smooth and free of all tripping hazards, make sure your child still checks that his shoes are tied, as well as tying any strings or bows hanging on clothing.
- Backpacks should be left in the classroom, along with any sharp objects, like pens or pencils.
- If a ball rolls off of the playground, the child should seek permission and/or help from a teacher before retrieving it himself.
- Drains, trash cans and any bodies of water are not safe to play around during recess.
- Taking turns is not just a good way to make friends, but also prevents injuries. Children should go down slides, up or down ladders and through tunnels one at a time to avoid getting stuck or causing a collision.
Accidents do happen, but with safer equipment and proactive playground safety tips, the benefits of recess and physical activity can continue at their highest potential.
Recess is positively correlated with classroom behavior and attention. It is a much-needed break for children from a full day of learning.
Photo courtesy of Voice of Play.