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The importance of a kids playground

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The importance of a kids playground

When was the last time you took your child to the park? If you had to really think about that, then you need to start considering the real importance of kids playgrounds and how they are essential in your child’s childhood. Yes, schools have playgrounds, but whether your child decides to actually play outside or sit on their phones and chat to their friends, they may just be serving as playground decor.

Other than a means of keeping the kids busy, playgrounds have some serious benefits for the little ones and after reading about it, you really should make more of an effort to get them outside and on those jungle gyms.

 

Fun, free and physical

An obvious benefit of your child running around and climbing up and down things is their physical development. Being active is healthy for any person and at age, but being a kid and having to plan a workout routine for the week isn’t fun or age appropriate. All you need to do for them is take them to the park, encourage them to use the playground at school during break-time or put a jungle gym in the garden at home. Playgrounds have some great equipment, disguised as fun in bright colours, that’s perfect for developing their muscles and bettering their overall fitness.

Extend your child’s exercise from only their thumbs on a phone or tablet inside, to a full body workout outside in the sunshine. The park requires no monthly subscription fee and it won’t kill you to get outside yourself for at least an hour a day.

 

Super social skills

Children that play in playgrounds have a platform to interact, learn and play with other children. From a young age, they can understand the concepts of community and meeting new people. They will learn to have patience, take turns, make acquaintances and friends, and collaborate through their extremely imaginative minds and fantasy games.

Everyone coming together on the playground encourages equality and respect where everyone gets a turn, everyone is welcome and everyone has fun regardless of demographics.

 

Building the brain

It’s already been established that children have imaginative minds and placing them in a free play environment like a playground allows them to fully explore and exercise their creative mind. And, very much linked to the social skills that are developed in a  playground area, this platform for communication and collaboration helps a child’s mental development with regards to language, problem-solving, self-control and independence.

Their minds also develop by the simple act of playing and by having to coordinate their senses with their movements. The more they do this, especially as toddlers, the more efficient their brain functions develop.

 

Environmental experience and exploration

Playing outside and being exposed to the different textures around them encourages children to learn about and explore nature and experience the benefits. Sunshine makes you feel good for a reason. Your children will get the Vitamin D their little bodies need, some serotonin for happiness, healthy exercise for their eyes and they’ll experience the calming properties of being in nature.

Playing in the sand or with water features is known to reduce stress. Children stressing? What could they possibly be stressing about? Bottom line: children do stress and getting them outside and interacting with nature is a natural way to relieve their stress and promote a healthy mind.

They’ll have the opportunity to be in nature and question the birds and the bees (the actual animals and insects), ask about different types of trees and strengthen their immune systems by playing in the dirt (as contradictory as that seems).

 

Why the empty swings?

With all these benefits and important developmental factors to children in playgrounds, why all the empty swings?

With technology as popular and convenient as it is today in keeping the kids entertained with minimal effort, there is a lack of children wanting to go outside at all. Parents need to find a healthy balance between the two and stop finding excuses for not having the time to take their kids to a park or sending them outside into the garden.

Another factor that makes parents hesitant to send their kids off or take on the responsibility of taking their kids to a public playground is the issue of safety. Neighbourhoods aren’t as safe as they used to be and you need to keep a close eye on your kids when you do take them to a park. But as long as you remain vigilant and conscious of the surroundings, there’s no reason why your child can’t spend some time at a playground.

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