No, that’s not a demand it’s merely something we should be doing every day with our children. Making time for physical play is so important but what we do is equally important. It’s not just a matter of taking out some bikes and climbing equipment and letting them get on with it – where’s the challenge?
A few years ago I was lucky enough to train as a children’s Yoga teacher and have used various elements of this in planning for physical play. In my current setting I have set aside a space indoors (yes, physical play can be indoors too!) with a Yoga mat and a small selection of poses for the children to try. I started by sitting on the mat and showing them but, 2 weeks after setting up this space, the children are now taking themselves there to try out the poses and have made huge progress. So why not try a little bit of Yoga in your setting?