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Active Play

A children's play gym made of black plastic netting, green padded framework and a purple cargo net.
A children's play gym made of black plastic netting, green padded framework and a purple cargo net.

Active Play helps children develop physical co-ordination, thinking skills and confidence.

How it works

Children take off their shoes and climb around inside the structure.

Things to try or ask around the exhibit

Encourage your child to try out new skills and pathways on the climbing equipment.

Background

Physical activity helps improve a child’s control, balance, agility and strength. Mentally, children are challenged to think, plan and respond with purposeful movements.

Toddlers have usually mastered crawling and coordinating both sides of their body. Balancing helps toddlers to fine-tune their walking ability. Toddlers will also gain upper body strength by pulling themselves up onto equipment.

Pre-schoolers will enjoy the challenge of perfecting their balance. They are developing an awareness of their body’s position in space and will enjoy experimenting with climbing and crawling through small spaces.

Five and six year olds have usually established a hand and foot preference—you may see this when they throw balls. They will further develop balance and coordination skills by walking across narrow parts of the equipment.