Feb 14

Playground Activities Promoting Physical Activity & Fitness

Play On!

Evidence-Based Playground Activities
Promoting Physical Activity & Fitness Through Active Play

The 6 key elements of Play On! inspires MRC to design outdoor play environments that align with national standards for youth physical activity, and it provides fun, physical activities for children to enjoy. Play is essential to the physical, mental, and emotional development of all children. Play & Park Structures encourages movement by offering play environments that address gross motor development, strength, endurance, flexibility, and balance through active play. provide fun and stimulating environments that utilize six key elements of play to promote fitness and physical activity on the playground.

1. Brachiating

  • Improves muscular strength and endurance
  • Promotes hand-eye coordination and rhythmic body movement

2. Climbing

  • Enhances spatial awareness and coordination
  • Fosters whole-body muscular strength, endurance, and flexibility

3. Swinging

  • Promotes aerobic fitness, muscular force, and whole body awareness
  • Emphasizes the importance of timely energy transfer during movemen

4. Spinning

  • Develops kinesthetic awareness and postural control
  • Improves understanding of speed, force, and directional qualities of movement

5. Sliding

  • Enhances core stability, dynamic balance, and leg and hip flexibility
  • Provides body and spatial awareness experience

6. Balancing

  • Increases understanding of efficient body positioning and control, principles of gravity, equilibrium, base of support, and counterbalancing
  • Promotes muscular strength and endurance throughout the entire body