7 Elements of Play No. 3

Today’s feature in the 7 Elements of Play – Spinning!

Benefits of spinning on the playground:

1. It enhances sensory stimulation in the areas of touch, balance, and feel.

2. It develops decision-making skills as children must think while in motion.

3. Spinning helps with postural control as they have to stand tall or fall off the spinner.

5. Kinesthetic awareness (the act of knowing where your body is in space) is enhanced as the child must determine where he/she is in space and move without collisions. A hypersensitive child may fear to spin and get dizzy quickly, but spinning can be used here as a tolerance builder for better vestibular input.

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