Hopscotch & Preschool Playground Activities

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Hopscotch & Preschool Playground Activities
Preschool playground activities help children develop. (playground equipment image by Kathy Burns from Fotolia.com)

The playground is a common environment where children hone their motor and social skills. Play structures strengthen their motor skills, games teach sportsmanship and cooperative play, and simple role-playing encourages interaction and provides an opportunity for children to develop their social skills. Hopscotch and other playground activities are vital to a preschooler's development.

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Hopscotch is a classic game of coordination and skill. Preschoolers are always learning the importance of balance and gamesmanship. Hopscotch provides a relatively safe environment for children to try and hop on one leg and to challenge their fine motor skills, such as throwing and picking up objects. Hopscotch is also a game that can be played individually or as a group or team. You only need minimal space, and can find a hopscotch grid on most playgrounds or draw one with chalk.

Preschool Playground Activities

Preschoolers engage in a number of games and activities, in addition to hopscotch. Hide and seek and role-playing are great for social development and help encourage running or creative play. Hula hoops, skipping ropes and balls also encourage more physical play, while fine-tuning motor skills. Encourage motor skill development by having preschoolers catch a ball or practice kicking.

Creative Play Activities

Not all playground activities are physical. Preschoolers can engage in creative arts and crafts, such as drawing with watercolours, markers, crayons or chalk. Playgrounds provide ample space to set up a place for painting or can be the backdrop for a playground mural on an unused wall. Preschoolers also enjoy bubbles, and these can be an easy way for parents or teachers to help children work on their fine motor skills. On warmer days, water play would be appropriate as well.

Safe Environment

Playgrounds are a safe environment for children to explore and interact with their peers. Parents or teachers should always check the playground structures and equipment for safety hazards before letting children play on them. Also, make sure any play structures are age appropriate. Supervision is always a must with preschoolers, but allowing them to explore and try new games or activites is essential to a well-rounded child's development.

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