In October, we published a post on indoor recess and how it can be just as effective as outdoor recess. We also gave a few tips on how to have an effective indoor recess that maximizes the benefits of recess for the kids. This month, we’re focusing on Super Stickers, our brand-new sticker line that transforms our popular recess games and playground stencils into stickers that can be placed in hallways, floors, and classrooms.
So it makes sense, then, that these two topics would eventually find themselves together. That’s why, today, we’re going to combine the two and discover all the unique ways our Super Stickers can provide the fit and fun indoor recess your kids have been craving!
The Sensory Path and the Nature Set
As we discussed in a former post, a sensory path is a colorful, creative and playful way for kids to build sensory pathways— connections in the brain that are responsible for sight, touch, sound, etc.—which enable kids to complete complex, multi-stage tasks. A sensory path is a great way for kids to develop motor skills like balance, hand-eye coordination, and spatial awareness, and is normally made with stickers that can be stuck to any surface. This makes a sensory path a fantastic addition to an indoor recess space, especially for preschool, kindergarten, and elementary school students who are still developing their sensory awareness. But a sensory path can have another purpose as well.
Our Sticker Nature Set, for example, is designed specifically for motor skill development, which has the added benefit of active play. Active play is any sort of play that gets kids up and moving around. Active play has been shown at length to provide immense benefits for children, both in the classroom and out; a quick Google search will confirm this assertion to anyone. Recess games like hopscotch, tiptoe loop, march ants, and crab crawl get the blood pumping, providing kids with a “brain break,” while also stimulating their sensory motor skills. To invoke an old saying, it’s two birds with one stone.
Jump Logs, March Ants and Crab Crawl. Oh my!
Our Jump Logs, March Ants and Crab Crawl stickers can be combined for a quick “brain break” that gets the blood pumping! Simply lay down the Crab Crawl first, followed by March Ants, then finish with Jump Logs for a full-body workout. The Crab Crawl requires both upper and lower body strength, while March Ants and Jump Logs work the legs. For an effective break, make sure the kids cycle through the path quickly! Make sure they pop up from the Crab Crawl and pick up their knees above their waist for the March Ants before leaping from Jump Log to Jump Log. Five or six cycles might be all the exercise they need to get them through the rest of the day.
Another wonderful combination is the Jump Logs + Daisy Hopscotch duo. It’s compact yet energy intensive. Simply place the Jump Logs on the floor and put the Daisy Hopscotch directly after. Kids can work their lower bodies by jumping on the Jump Logs, then immediately move to the Daisy Hopscotch which, in addition to high-energy exercise, also works balance.
A Place For Peace and Relaxation
High-energy exercise isn’t the only way kids can benefit from indoor recess. Sometimes they just need a mental break, and that can be accomplished with a space set aside in a quiet classroom corner for mindfulness and well-being. Our 5-piece Tree Pose Sticker Set brings the power of yoga into the classroom!
Sometimes, the simplest solution is the best. A small corner set aside with our 5-piece Tree Pose sticker set can be the perfect solution to classroom rowdiness…but let’s be creative! It isn’t always necessary to use specific stickers (or stencils, for that matter) exactly as they’re designed. They’re yours, after all, and you can do with them as you wish! Our Stepping Stones set is a perfect start for a little creative thinking.
Take the Stepping Stones and arrange them around a centered Tree Pose sticker somewhere in a quiet corner of the hallway or classroom. Then, place a student on the Tree Pose sticker and have a few other students stand on the Stepping Stones. Last, have the students on the Stepping Stones follow the lead of the student on the Tree Pose as they go through a few yoga poses. This exercise can get the students interacting with one another, in addition to providing a space for mental well-being.
What about if you’re a teacher with some yoga experience? Simply expand the Stepping Stones circle! Take a few of the 9-piece Stepping Stones Sticker Set and arrange them around the Tree Pose sticker, making sure to place enough Stepping Stones for every student in the classroom. Then, after taking your place on the Tree Pose sticker in the center, lead the class on a relaxing yoga experience! It can do wonders for them.
Get creative! What clever layouts can you come up with? Let us know!