New shoes, new clothes, pencils, pens, backpacks and the dreaded task of getting the kids back to a routine. The transition from relaxed summer days filled with unlimited play to homework, after school activities and bedtimes can be challenging. So we pulled together our favourite tips to help create balance between play and school!
Homework, chores, playtime
It’s not everyone’s favourite but homework is an important part of learning. Although some children would choose studying over play, most prefer the latter. It is important to schedule time for your children to do both – this way you can be sure that they are getting the best balance for their 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 – it’s a win-win!
A study conducted by Science Direct on the effects of trampoline exercise on motor performance and balance found significant performance improvement in training programs 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 we suggest that you mix it up afterschool with a healthy balance of homework, playtime and household chores to keep the kids energised and their bodies and minds active – it is sure to make the world of difference!
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 less time spent on devices and screens and more time exploring the world around them using their imagination. Encourage your children to see and experience everyday objects in a different way.
Humans are social beings and children learn better with friends. Playdates give them opportunities to expand social skills, build confidence and engage their 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.
Outdoor play is such 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.
No we’ve not gone crazy…this actually works! Kids wake up with so much energy – making even the simplest morning tasks near enough impossible on some days. 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. Recent studies show that 15-45 minutes of exercise in the morning has a positive impact on children’s concentration skills in the classroom – so it’s time to get them bouncing!
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.