How does a manmade outdoor area in a large, urban kindergarten afford physical activity to 5-year-old children


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Children, Youth and Environments;25(2)


University of Cincinnati

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Based on qualitative data gathered from observations, we investigate what opportunities for physical activity kindergarten children utilize in outdoor areas that are manmade and contain only artificial playground equipment. The findings show that much self-chosen physical activity play took place in the outdoor area. Open surfaces are utilized in games that include walking and running. Places with graspable holds and standable steps are popular climbing areas. Loose and moveable equipment and substances increase the variety of activity. Based on these findings, we consider the outdoor area to be suitable for the observed five-year olds with regard to promoting physical activity


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