Equitable Play for Equitable Health
Feeling Friends Island at Kimberley Park Elementary
ON A MISSION
To create an Educational Outdoor Learning Center Kimberly Park Elementary School children to play, connect with nature, and thrive socially and emotionally. We believe the benefits of free outdoor play are best accomplished by enhancing the play environment and allowing children various opportunities to interact.
Of a more educational, nature-inspired, social, and emotional playground, one grade-level at a time. Naturally by the community. We introduce you to Feeling Friends Island at Kimberly Park Elementary - Equitable Play for Equitable Health.
The current playground at Kimberley Park Elementary School requires an uplift. The playground lacks equipment and a connection to nature. The playground leaves too many children on the sidelines. Children become bored, restless, and complacent during play.
THE CURRENT PLAYGROUND DOES NOT:
Spark imagination or allow children to dream
Accommodate the needs of the children
Allow children the opportunity for everyone to play together
Meet the social and emotional needs of the children
Have space to educate children on proper outdoor play skills
THE FULL PICTURE
The staff at Kimberly Park Elementary School desires that all children have the opportunity to play! Outdoor play strengthens our bodies and minds and builds self-esteem and confidence, and fosters empathy to grow socially and emotionally stronger. It teaches us how to communicate and solve problems and develop the skills we need through life. It allows us to experience the awe and wonder of nature. Play is how we learn and grow. Outdoor play is vital to being human.
Children need to remain active throughout the day. Outdoor play allows children to get fresh air and explore their environment more. Hands-on learning, the natural environment, and loose parts in the outdoors stimulate children’s senses through what they hear, touch, see, and feel. Outdoor play allows children to recharge actively and reinvigorate themselves to learning tasks more successfully while utilizing their social and emotional learning skills and specifically incorporating those during playground time.
Effectively used, outdoor play can be a catalyst or stimulus for classroom activities, such as discussing social and emotional learning skills learned on the playground. Outdoor play allows us to connect with nature. Outdoor play is so essential, the United Nations High Commission for Human Rights declares it “a right of every child.”