This post was sponsored by Landscape Structures as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own.
How Having the Freedom to Play Builds Confidence in Children
For the past few years, we have become huge fans of the Landscape Structures play structures popping up around our area in public parks. We were originally having to drive nearly forty five minutes away to be able to play at one, but the quality is far better than what we grew up on. All inclusive styles let those who may have difficulty walking around, access the play areas and also the ground is soft and safe for all. I love that they tend to also have amazing coverage to beat the heat.
Play will always shape our children, just check out this video from Landscape Structures. My child has never once been at one of their play structures and not made a new friend to play a game with. I love that it is easy for adults to play on as well, it lets us spend quality time with the type of features build in to their designs. From slides, balancing items, bungee style climbing, and more, there is something for everyone.
This time instead of driving to New Port Richey Sims Park we went to Downtown Tampa to the Riverfront park in downtown Tampa. The area has been flourishing in recent years and they have the Landscape Structures built right next to a connected little splash pad area. Bathrooms are close by and it is easy to bring the whole family including your dogs.
I have loved seeing the independence Davin has gained by us letting him roam freely (in eye sight) on these structures. He never fails to find a friend, make up a new game, or test his strength in some way. He becomes a whole new level of independence without David and I having to feel like we must entertain him at all times. Granted, this last visit, our Bulldog Kloey was a little celebrity in her own right with the kids in the park. Everyone wanted to pet her, ask about her, and make friends with Davin. A sweet little girl even offered to take a family photo of us.
I have on more than one occasion even made adult friends at outside parks. In this day and age our children are clued to televisions, tablets, and cell phones. Outdoor play builds confidence that children need. They need to exercise their minds, their bodies, and their independence.
I love that no two Landscape Structures are exactly the same. There are great features at each one we have been to and the designs are magnificent. At this particular one, there was some great built in seating areas for adults, terrific shade, and split areas which let the kids roam a bit more. I encourage you to see if here is a play area near you, even if not, just get outside! We love taking family walks, watching the birds at the lake, playing outside with friends, and exploring our own neighborhood.
How do you encourage your children to get out? What play builds confidence in your child’s life?