These "stumps" are actually floor cushions, perfect for "active sitting." We're in the process of creating a beautiful learning space that will bring the outdoors in, and a circle of these floor cushions will be just right for reading, singing and sharing ideas!
Active sitting is based on the idea that it’s not healthy for the body to be seated in chairs for long periods of time. Too much sitting still has been shown to lead to back and hip soreness, fatigue, decreased muscle tone and a lack of focusing ability. Active seating corrects these problems by promoting slight movements and adjustments for the user while they sit. These movements keep the body more engaged, alleviating the negative effects of prolonged sitting.
We know that getting down on the floor can be super-productive during sessions that require group work, creativity and problem solving. And, sitting on the the floor actually grounds the muscles creating a calming effect. Here are just a few more of the benefits adding a little wiggle, bounce or wobble to everyday classroom seating can have:
Improved posture and muscle tone – At the same time the student’s frequent postural adjustments strengthen the core abdominal and trunk muscles.
Sensory input and energy burning – Some kids just gotta keep moving! Their muscles crave activity, making it difficult for them to sit still for long periods of time or focus on seated activities. Because active seating lets kids move and adjust themselves in a non-disruptive way, they burn off excess energy and get the stimulus their muscles are looking for, making them more attentive in class.
Increased blood flow – As a child moves during active sitting, the heart pumps a bit faster and blood vessels in the legs and hips open up which increases blood flow. Better blood flow means more oxygen gets to the brain. With more oxygen, brain function increases, allowing for improved focus and better knowledge retention.
These wonderful floor cushions will create fun and friendly "active seating" around the campfire in our indoor outdoor classroom! Each cushion is 15 inches in diameter by 3 inches thick. The covers are made of durable, washable twill that zip on and off a dense foam pillow. You can sponsor a stump for just $12 by clicking on the widget below! Thank you!