How Your Nursery Can Encourage Embodied Learning

There are many arguments about the best way to get young children engaged in learning, however, a lot of people agree the idea of Embodied Learning is one of the best.

In its basic form embodied learning is founded on the idea children learn best when using their own bodies to understand a principle rather than just being told about it. Numerous studies have shown that if a child performs an action whilst learning, they are more likely to recall the lesson or fact. That is why so many classic nursery songs and stories encourage actions!

Embodied learning can be harder to do in smaller spaces, especially when involving the whole class or year group. That is why it is often easier (and more exciting) to move some lessons outdoors – the extra space allowing for embodied learning to take place without constraints of the classroom and the novelty of learning outdoors making the lesson extra memorable!

Playgrounds can be designed with embodied learning in mind, for example, a roadway and a zebra crossing can be used to really help children understand the basic principles of a road and how to cross it safely. The great thing about including roadways in playgrounds is that the lesson is timeless – with playground surfacing lasting for many years, future year groups can also learn this vital lesson through embodied learning.

Our 12 teams are experienced in installing both larger and smaller surfaces but if you are worried that your play area is too small for a roadway; another idea could be the use of grids, circles or shapes.

Creating different coloured areas means the use of the playground is flexible – the coloured areas can be used in games or as specially designated areas. For example, each child can be given a number and those with an odd number must stand in the blue circle, whilst even numbers go to the red circle.

Our teams are trained in house and can create almost any design or graphic (you can view some here in our gallery) and wet pour is a non-slip and porous surface, meaning it can be used all year round as part of a lesson or at play time, helping you get the most from your investment.