Why Schools Choose Mamba GaGa
Visual Observation is Required for Children’s Safety
Mamba GaGa Ball Pits use a unique netted panel design which allows for complete visual supervision for the safety of the children at all times. Recent trends in our nation’s schools have increased the student to teacher ratios to sometimes 30 or more. At the same time, schools have become more aware of the safety concerns inherent in playgrounds and on school property when the line-of-sight for the teachers and staff supervising children is obstructed. Observing play areas is critical to mitigate risks such as bullying and unauthorized visitors on school property, as well as for simply monitoring for normal accidents and activities. These issues have led schools to implement new safety measures including the removal of any playground equipment which creates visual obstructions, sometimes even as a requirement of the school’s insurance carrier to retain coverage under their policies.
Versatility Allows Physical Activity Anywhere, Anytime
Research supports what experienced educators have known for years – that children need physical activity on a daily basis as part of their school routine. Movement and sport games have been shown to enhance the ability of children to concentrate and learn during academic classes, helps get out excess energy, and provides the necessary environment for learning important social skills as well as promoting overall health and well-being – both physical and mental.
With budgetary cutbacks and increasing mandatory academic curricula and testing taking more and more of the school day, both physical education and traditional recesses that allow for unstructured free play are becoming a thing of the past in many districts. Many schools also have to contend with weather conditions which limit outdoor activities or, in the case of some city schools, a lack of space to accommodate a large group of children playing. Indoor activities are therefore very important, but here space can also be a limiting factor given class sizes of up to 30 or more children.
With these factors in mind, portable Mamba GaGa Ball Pits were designed to be used both indoors and outdoors and require just minutes for one adult to set-up and breakdown. This allows schools to offer healthy physical activity anywhere – the gym, the cafeteria, a classroom, the playground, etc. without requiring permanently dedicated space. When the time for GaGa Ball (aka, Octoball) is over, the entire pit that a whole class of kids can play in stores in the same amount of space as a folding ping-pong table!
Easy to Adjust GaGa Ball Pit Size For Kids of All Ages
School age children are rapidly developing, so there is a vast difference between the physical abilities of the youngest and oldest children at many schools. A typical fourth or fifth grade student has much greater upper body strength and better developed motor skills than a first grader, yet they all enjoy playing GaGa Ball. The problem is, the first grader may have difficulty playing in a pit which is large enough to accommodate a class of older kids. So just as basketball hoops are designed to be raised and lowered for different ages, our portable Mamba GaGa Ball Pits are designed to easily adjust in size, simply by adding or removing some of the wall panels. This literally takes seconds to do, so different age groups can be rotated through the game, if needed.