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8 Reasons Encouraging PLAY Is Essential For Your Child
This post was sponsored by Landscape Structures as part of a Influencer Activation for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own.
October is Sensory Awareness Month but it’s also the start of an amazing time of cooler weather for kids to get outside and play. One of our favorite playgrounds is a Landscape Structures all inclusive playground about thirty minutes away from our house. My son meets so many amazing kids but we also know that no matter the age or activity level of his friends, everyone can play!
Check out our most recent visit to the park. We love how every child no matter their abilities can access the area with their ramp to get to the slides, swing options, and belted seats on their version of a seesaw. While we celebrated my nieces second birthday, there were so many other kids to play with and outside play has some really amazing lessons that can help our children grow.
Inclusive Play is more than just accessibility. It addresses age and developmental appropriateness. As well as offering sensory-stimulating activity. It welcomes the increasingly diverse social communities, where everyone can enjoy a beautiful sunny day.
Promote Problem Solving-
Children will learn how to think critically and learn from their mistakes. How to achieve access to a particular part of the playground or how something works will include problem solving.
Establishing Real Life Connections-
A young child may pretend they are running a grocery store or teaching another child. Kids will use their imaginations with the playground area to role play people and jobs in the community.
Playing pretend helps children form and appreciate relationships they will create and scenarios they act out. They imagine how characters would talk or act. Imaginative play can also help kids overcome fears where they conquer fears in a fantasy world. It’s a great time to just sit back and watch your child and see what is on their minds.
Prepares Their Brain To Learn-
There is no question that children will fidget when they are over tired from working on chores or schoolwork. Having a recess and outside play time will decrease their fidget activity because it will get blood flowing and provide oxygen to the brain. A break outside can easily boost attention and improve behavior.
Helps Communication Skills-
No matter if the children are going to play scavenger hunt or play school or police officers, they will learn to communicate their ideas with the other children and become better listeners. Communicating with other children lets them not only share their visions but learn and understand others.
Build Fine Motor Skills-
While outside children are going to pick up rocks, play with sticks, and find treasures on the ground. They will develop grip and build hand strength as well climbing the ladders, ropes, and bars. This will help them in the long run with handwriting, sports, and musical instruments.
The seesaw at the Landscape Structures All Inclusive Playground takes two to four kids to help work the activity. Helping another child who is too small swing, is teamwork. Helping a child that is too small learn to get to the slides and slide down, is teamwork. You will often find kids cheering each other on between the laughter and giggles.
An Open Mind-
Our children are precious and joyful. At an all inclusive playground they will meet others they may not meet at school. Children and families they may not see in their day to day lives. It shows them the world is our oyster and there are so many different types of people. I love seeing the adults helping the kids and the kids playing with the adults.
The all inclusive playgrounds are easily accessible to those with a wheelchair or disability. It is open for all ages, adults an easily access the areas if a child get stuck or scared. Giving your child the ability to meet kids they may otherwise not encounter at school is an amazing way to make those future relationships and open their eyes to the wonderful world we live in.
Locate a Landscape Structures all inclusive playground near you here.
Author: Nichole Arnold
I’m the owner of Mommy Needs a Bottle . I’m a 30- something wine enthusiast that resides in Tampa, FL. I love family traditions, traveling, cooking, baking, reading, fashion, tattoos, beauty products, and being a Mommy! I have a background in marketing, public relations, copywriting, and sales.