When they play with the mats, they put them on top of one another or put blocks underneath them. They’ve also taken balls from the ball pit, put those underneath the mats and then sped along the floor. They’ll always be creative if they’re permitted a chance.
Barbara Bürgin, Head of the crèche Purzelhuus, Switzerland
We at ‘Mut tut gut!’ are trying to give parents, guardians and teachers tips on how they can create stimulating learning environments so that children can move freely, intensively and have fun at the same time. The soft, elastic mats from kybun also count as stimulating and diverse materials. They encourage children to roll, do somersaults, and bounce just like on a small trampoline. Of course, they are also great for jumping on. The children also use them for building, as somewhere to sit when looking at books or as somewhere to get better. This means the mats are almost a guarantee that the children will learn how to do a somersault – something that is no longer a given these days.
Hansruedi Baumann, sport pedagogue from Switzerland
My initial experience has been very good. This was intended particularly for children who are very restless. And I find that the children who are standing at the standing desk become very quiet and get on with their work quietly.
Ilka Bruhn, teacher from Germany
You can work better standing than when you’re sitting. Sometimes, sitting hurts your back. You can also pay much better attention, and work better. It’s also much more relaxing. When you sit, sometimes it can also make you kind of restless, and then you need to move around. Then you can go to the back. The students switch places every 15 minutes. It’s also fun to stand on the mats.
Kevin Adam pupil at the Falkschule, Germany
I definitely think it’s good, since it’s good for your spine. It makes it easy to concentrate. I’m also an athlete, so I need to move around in general. I practise Taekwondo, and I need to move around in class. I get kind of fidgety in the classroom.
Nevin Bozdemir pupil at the Falkschule, Germany
Studies to this end have shown that learning while standing also makes students more attentive. What’s great is that we also have a cushion along with each desk:the kybun mat. The kybun mat is soft as a feather, but you don’t sink into it. You stand on the cushion in a very relaxed way. While you stand on it, you need to constantly balance out the wobbliness, so to speak. That means you have to check whether you’re standing upright, which activates a large number of muscle groups. In turn, activating these muscle groups also activates your brain, which actually increases your attentiveness. You’d think it would be the other way around, but standing makes the kids pay much better attention.