To the untrained adult eye trim trails for schools appear to be a collection of wooden logs and bridges laid out to look like an obstacle course. Children on the other hand see challenges, adventures and hours of entertainment. Trim trails help children to develop physically, emotionally, socially and imaginatively. All children enjoy playing on trim trails for schools because they are so versatile. The types of exercise trim trails encourage actually improve children’s performance in the classroom as well as on the sports field.
It is very easy to assume that our ability to write is determined by the dexterity of our wrist and fine motor skills but this is certainly not the case. Infact we need to use our whole bodies in order to write. If we think of the body as a robot then it becomes obvious that a strong straight back is necessary to hold our body upright and solid. In order for children to have control of their pencil they need to have control of their whole body. Writing is a skill that is perfected from the large to small muscles and the very fine motor skills will continue to develop as hand and eye coordination improves. Monkey bars or Ladder Walks develop all of the muscles necessary for writing.
Some children can complete trim trails for schools like Olympic athletes while others find them much more challenging. Children will aspire to complete the trim trail like their more agile buddies and will undoubtedly face frustration when they lose balance or their muscles just aren’t strong enough. Children will set themselves a challenge to overcome the parts of the trim trail that defeat them and through constant effort they will eventually succeed. The joy they will feel will encourage them to keep trying in all aspects of their life.
If you have ever watched joggers pounding the streets in the pouring rain and wondered why they do it you may not have heard of endorphins. Endorphins are hormones that are released during exercise that activate the body’s opiate receptors triggering a positive feeling in your mind and body. When children have plenty of exercise at playtime they will return to the classroom feeling calm, relaxed and ready to learn. When children are relaxed they are more receptive to learning and will perform better in their school work.
Balance is not just about being able to stand on one leg with your arms out, it is also about know how your body fits in the world. Children who develop good balance are less likely to be accident prone and will find participating in everyday activities difficult. It is vitally important that children have the opportunity to learn about their bodies, trim trails for schools provide excellent opportunities for children to hone their spatial awareness and balance. Children who have special needs such as dyspraxia benefit greatly from quiet time with a teaching assistant practicing their balance on trim trails for schools.
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