Children love to play and they learn their first lessons through touch. Look back on your own childhood and ask yourself how often you were caught climbing trees and any other object you could reach. Swings and slides give children an outlet for their energy while luring them away from the static habits of TV and video games. Although high-quality, educational shows and games do have their benefits, they cannot replace the fun and necessity of time outdoors.
Swings are something children of all ages enjoy. The first time a child is placed on a swing, they almost always fall into fits of hysterical laughter. Imagine the bonding moments you and your young one would share if you build a swing and climbing set in your backyard. Today, there are sets made of safe, reliable plastic that have none of the issues found in traditional wood sets. The difference in material also makes them more cost-effective, meaning even the tightest budget can handle giving a child the fun he or she needs to develop.
Playing Increases Intelligence
Exercise is great for your body and mind, especially as the mind of a child is still developing. After a long day at school, sitting still and concentrating on paperwork, play outside on a swing and slide set will do them a world of good. Outdoor play was scientifically proven to be healthy and children who played outside more often also performed better in literacy, numeracy, critical thinking and listening. Every time you let children out to play, especially when they can do so with other children their age, you aid in their development by measurable factors.
It is Healthy
Active play on and around climbing frames, swings, and slides improve a child’s coordination, balance, and agility. Children that regularly climb up and jump down learn how to handle depth differences and have a lower fear of heights than others. Swings and slides keep a child in motion, resulting in a more developed muscular system, along with more strength, agility, and endurance. A lack of exercise may lead to a weaker child, decreased balance, vertigo, stiff muscles, and more.
Makes a Real Difference in the Long Term
In the long term, playing outside is healthier for children and will positively affect the way they grow and develop. Through outdoor play, children are exposed to more contaminants and thus grow stronger immune systems. Studies also found that children who played often while young had a much lower risk of diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, and osteoporosis as they became adults. A Dutch study taken recently found that one in three children were not being given the appropriate levels of vitamin D, which can cause weaker bones and immune systems, among other issues. Children who are out and in the sun often did not have such issues.
When children play outdoors with others their age, such as friends from school or their siblings, they begin to develop better social skills. It is when they play that they learn what is and is not acceptable to do to one another. For example, they learn to take turns, form teams for games and more. It is during this crucial time that they learn how to work together and compete against one another. Self-confidence, emotional stability, endurance and how to handle a fall are all things they learn and develop through play with others.