We all probably remember our childhood when we were kids running wild outside, climbing trees and jumping over all kinds of obstacles. Play and movement are of great importance in the development of the human brain. Children who develop balance and stability have better body awareness and better coordination, as balance is the cornerstone of all the skills we use. Today, however, with excessive leaning over computers, heavy backpacks and obesity affecting posture and balance, this is more of a problem than ever.
Developing balance for better school performance
The number of children who have problems at school is increasing. Lack of attention, problems with concentration, understanding and following tasks are challenges that modern parents face more and more often. In contrast to previous generations, today’s children lack a lot of exercise and, as already mentioned, there is more and more sitting in front of screens, but much less free play.
Balance is one of the elements of the game that plays a key role in the development of reading and writing skills.
Learning to balance helps children develop better concentration, which is necessary to sit and pay attention in class. With the development of balance, postural control develops and, consequently, the strength to sit. In this way, children do not get tired and it is easier for them to focus on the task. Another benefit of developing balance is the development of hand-eye coordination, as this allows children to properly place letters and words on the page while writing.
Balancing uses mechanical principles and helps children understand concepts such as gravity, balance, counterweight and other sports skills. At the same time, muscle strength and endurance are also developed, especially core strength, which is necessary for healthy posture.
Children develop balance through free play, exploring nature, riding a bicycle, and various toys such as balance boards, various wooden and montessori toys and similar children’s games are also very popular, which entertain children and teach them balance at the same time.
An upgrade to all existing play aids and balance exercises is the Swingy exerciser, with which children have immense fun and at the same time develop balance, movement coordination and improve body posture.
Swingy was developed in collaboration with doctors, teachers and trainers. It is a children’s toy, with the help of which the child performs balance exercises.