As a society, being committed to the health and wellbeing of our children is critical. They need us to help them learn about the world around them, develop healthy habits, and learn through play. We can help our children thrive in many ways; great schools, social activities, sports, and other clubs all play a huge role in how our children succeed now and in the future.
However, we have to remember to consider the importance of play and time outside. It’s proven that children learn best through play and that time in the sunshine is great for the mental and physical health of every person, no matter how young they are. Playgrounds pull those components together, providing a wonderland where children get to explore their imagination, move their bodies, and soak up much needed fresh air and vitamin D. Here are some of our favorite ways that great playgrounds contribute to childhood development:
Physical Movement & Motor Skills
Learning to run, kick their legs to swing, climb on structures, and grab the monkey bars all contribute to a child’s ability to use their muscles in all the ways they should. Not only does the development of large motor skills really shine on a playground, but playgrounds show kids at a young age that movement can be fun, helping them develop healthy habits early on.
Playgrounds usually bring kids together. Whether it’s playing an imaginary game or going down the slide over and over again, these interactions with other kids help our children learn how to socialize with the people around them. They learn to communicate better, share, and resolve conflicts, all through playing!
Mental & Emotional Health
It’s proven that getting outside in nature is great for mental health in adults, and it’s equally as important for children. Our bodies need time in the outdoors to get fresh air, clear our minds, and become happier. Playing on a playground can release chemicals in the brain of a child that contribute to overall happiness levels, leading to heightened mental and emotional health in the long run.
This world needs innovation now more than ever. Our kids are our future, and they have to be able to think creatively, problem-solve, and use their imagination when they get older. There’s no better way to hone in on these skills than playing with other kids outside, making up games, getting movement, and having positive feelings associated with the process.
Invest in Your Children with Northern California Play Works
Our team is committed to offering the safest, most enjoyable playgrounds for kids of all ages. We know that kids should be able to learn through play while in a safe environment, and that’s exactly what we wake up and try to support every single day. Whether you’re looking to add a new playground to your school, backyard, or city park, we can help create exactly what you need. Give our team a call today to get started!