Development area: body, movement and health

Children have a natural urge and joy to move. All learning processes of early childhood are closely connected to motor development. With the help of movement sequences it is possible for the child to appreciate the environment and to discover, gather new experiences, widen its own living space in order to gradually become more and more independent.

Bodily activity children realize that they are capable of changing things, cause something to happen or achieve something. These experiences of self efficacy contribute to the development of a positive self concept. In addition, the linguistic and cognitive development are strongly influenced by the experience of the child, who performs with an experimenting and exploratory approach to the physical and social environment.

As a result of many movement sequences in early childhood, the lifestyle habits, the attitude to one's own body, the children's physical activity can be strongly influenced. For example if they experience balancing on different widths and heights of equipment or by holding their equilibrium on unstable materials there is a direct cause and effect and they recognize relationships.

Social competence is also influenced through bodily activities: in order to test basic rules of social behaviour and coexistence and internalize, for example, use shared movement games.

Alongside the stimulation for physical activity, the learning and play materials provide a didactic to themes such as diet and the functions of the human body an important contribution to promotion of health. The children get to know about their bodies as well as factors that can affect their physique and emotional health (e.g. healthy living, hygiene, how to cope with stress, failure and frustration in everyday living).

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