Most people underestimate child’s play and why it is so important. It may look like leisure time, but when children are using a wooden playhouse, fighting imaginary dragons or organising a game of hopscotch, they’re actually developing crucial life skills. They are preparing their brains for the challenges of adulthood.
The bad news, child development experts say, is that free playtime has been shrinking for children over the past three decades. So break out the toys with your child, they will thank you in the long run. The time you spend playing together gives your child lots of different ways to learn.
- Build confidence
- Feel loved
- Develop social skills
- Caring about others and the environment
- Physical skills
- Connect and refine pathways in their brains.
But there are five main reasons why your child’s play is so important.
It’s common knowledge that if your child has been out playing all morning they are more likely to come inside and a relax. Just 15 minutes of play every few hours can lead to improved behaviour and higher achievement at school.
By playing with other children, they will develop their social skills and their confidence, which in turn will set them up for later life when they’ll need to be able to communicate and negotiate effectively with others. Outdoor play also encourages children to learn more about themselves, to discover and surpass their limits. Opportunities that challenge children to discover more about themselves and their environment also helping them to develop intellectually.
Play teaches kids to, well, play nice. Both free play and adult-guided play can help preschoolers learn awareness of other people’s feelings. Playing also teaches kids to regulate their own emotions, a skill that serves them well as they move through life. Playing on one of our climbing frames teaches children to play together happily while teaching them manners and patience while waiting for their go on the slide or monkey bars.
Tree-climbing, hind and seek and even a round of dress-up get kids moving much more than television or computer game time. Children over the age of two engage in at least an hour a day of moderate, enjoyable physical activity. There’s evidence that active children grow into active adults, thus decreasing their risk of heart disease and other scourges of a sedentary lifestyle.
Active play is an essential part of every child’s development. When children participate in active play they develop healthy lifestyles by building strong hearts, muscle and bones and improving their motor skills, balance, coordination and reaction time. Through engaging in active play, children don’t just gain physical benefits active play also builds essential skills including creative problem solving, co-operative behaviour and teamwork. These skills help children build friendships and develop confidence and self-esteem.
The more physical activity tests children can pass, the more likely they are to do well on academic tests. Children learn to count when they’re doing hopscotch and, believe me, they know which team is ahead. They are telling stories on the playground, and they’re getting active.
All work and no play, we know how we feel after a long week, well what about your child that can’t express themselves like we can. Growing up is about having fun, running through woods, playing in the garden get getting messy. Worry about the washing later your child’s health and learning depends on you.
A climbing frame is a perfect play to ensure your children necessary amounts of active play within the safety of their own back garden. Whether your children are running from the slide back to the rock wall for another turn, swinging away on the belt swing or glider, building sandcastles in the sandpit. Climbing across monkey bars, your Climbing Frame provides a wide range of play exercises that allow children of all ages to stay active and play together.