Use it or lose it! That is the rule of brain development in early childhood. As children explore, and learn through play, they are strengthening their brain’s connections. When a child turns 3 years, they have around 1000 trillion brain connections (synapses) which in later development are selectively pruned (Australian Early Development Consensus, 2006).
Race over, under, in-between and around obstacles in your own backyard. This play activity will not only get the heart rate up, it can be done as a team or individually and is guaranteed to be filled with giggles (when you catch your breath).
For a playground to become a successful social hub that buzzes with activity and to be a space the community benefits from socially and economically, it needs to be designed by expert play consultants. There are two major factors that underpin a well-designed playground: play equipment that is user-tested and backed by years of research and development combined with functional design principles.