Outdoor games are famous for their significant educational benefits. By encouraging kids to take on challenges and make decisions together, they help develop their technical, intellectual and social skills.
In this class of activities, various types of orientation, use of a climbing wall or bicycle route, as well as group activities, need to solve problems.
From a psychological point of view, such games help the child to change posture and feel capable of doing things that can affect all aspects of school life. They instill in them a sense of determination that gives them the confidence to take on challenges, express and manage their emotions, and give them the drive to succeed.
It’s a way to help children overcome their fears, anxieties or stress. Very often, with this they are taken out of the comfort zone to express themselves in situations they are not accustomed to. These can be situations that they find very difficult or potentially dangerous and this helps them better define the boundaries between risk and safety.
Physical education and sports teachers thus have the task of imagining and proposing to students the situation of this order, in favor of their psychological development as much as possible while presenting the minimum risk. In the UK, for example, programs include outdoor activities. It is about providing participants with intellectual and physical challenges that encourage them to work as a team, to gain confidence while solving problems.
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Academically, these activities have the advantage of providing cross-curricular instruction that allows students to improve their reading, writing, numeracy and communication skills – along with other core subjects such as math, geography and applying for science.
These skills can be emphasized through games that test confidence and build team spirit. They also consolidate cooperation and sense of responsibility. Many such activities are welcomed to facilitate the transition between primary and secondary at a time when confidence is especially important.
Physical education teachers should also consider what kind of exercises children can do at home.
All students included
Young people practice out-of-school activities that are very different from the sports that are included in programs such as cricket or rugby. Thus, many of them enjoy cycling in their spare time and providing the possibility to practice this activity in a school setting can increase the attraction of physical education for a much larger number of students.
At Brighton University, trainee teachers, for example, introduced this relatively new concept of ‘physical education on wheels’, capitalizing on the popularity of mountain bikes, BMX bikes, skateboarding and scooters, yet very few schools saw the potential. Sports to increase the level of activity of children and adolescents.
These outdoor activities are ideal for all students involved, even those with special educational needs and which can be made accessible to them with some minimal adaptations so that they can work collaboratively with others.
Due to the cost, skills, equipment and time, unfortunately, many children are unable to share such experiences. But such methods should not be reserved for schools near forests or mountain ranges. These activities can be organized directly on site, even in schools with limited outdoor space.