What is Monkey Play?
Monkey Play is a brand new adventure in family health and physical literacy–the “ability, confidence and desire to be physically active for life.” It is a program that involves fundamental loco-motor skills, imaginative play and free association while encouraging movement through the mimicry of animal behavior. Lessons are centered on the total child within a nurturing and accepting environment. Both instructional direct methods, and indirect methods–where children are free to explore and discover a range of movement possibilities on their own, are incorporated into the program.
Each week we focus on various components of movement vital to childhood development; balance, cardiovascular conditioning, flexibility, strength, endurance, manipulative skills–hands are required for the movement, non-manipulative skills-do not necessitate the use of the hands and require no equipment, and various combinations of each. Broad skill areas such as balancing, rolling, jumping and landing, climbing, and weight transfer are presented in a variety of situations appropriate to a child’s ability and confidence level.
Within each 35 minute session specific blocks of movement will feature unique animal attributes such as: the world’s fastest, the worlds strongest, and those with the best balance. This focus will allow children to develop a deeper appreciation for unusual animal behaviors affording greater freedom for creative play and mimicry. Healthy eating tips will also be covered in every session using animals as the role model to convey the best way to refuel the body.
Each unit concludes with take home educational activities for parents and children.