Article Link: https://www.childcareexchange.com/article/somersaults-and-spinning/5021176/"It amazes me how quickly and how often we forget that we are embodied, that we see the world the way we do because we live in these bodies."
Sir Ken Robinson, TED Talk, 2012
What movement play did you engage in as a child? What movements do young children naturally engage in when adults are not controlling their behaviour? Many of these will be familiar:
rolling down hills
spinning on the spot until you fall over and the world carries on spinning
endless handstands and cartwheels
swinging as high as you can
twisting the swing up tight so that it spins you as it unravels or simply hanging over the swing on your tummy
doing 'apple turn-overs' (somersaults) over bars
hanging from monkey bars or upside-down by your knees
leaning out as you twirl around lamp posts or spinning round holding the hands of a partner
bouncing on the bed
walking on walls and teetering on the edge before jumping off
balancing along curbs
jumping between paving stones
rough-and-tumble play (roughhousing)
rocking back on chairs
wobbling on the outside of your feet
jiggling and never being still . . .
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