The benefits of playground equipment

One of the most important parts of a child’s early development is playing! Kids learn through play and often little time is allocated to the art of allowing children free play or unstructured play. Unstructured play is where kids rule their roost when playing. They make the rules and there is very minimal adult intervention with regards to strict rules and boundaries. Unstructured play allows kids to develop all sorts of skills that are important to their development, and of course they’re getting exercise which has substantial health benefits. One of the best ways to encourage unstructured play is through playground equipment. You can reap the benefits of playground equipment either in your backyard or if you’re a preschool.

Physical Benefits

It almost goes without saying that playground equipment has physical and health benefits for kids. Also, as you probably know there is a growing concern about kid’s obesity in Australia as well as a concern about the fact that a little less than half of our children play once a day! So it’s important for us as adults to encourage physical play to keep our kids healthy. Playground equipment gets children moving those muscles while having fun at the same time. So they’re exercising without knowing it! Slides exercise the legs; bars exercise arms and shoulders; jungle gyms strengthen arms, legs and shoulders; and all the equipment together encourages children to run around which is great cardiovascular exercise.

Social Benefits

When there is playground equipment involved most of the appeal is the fact that kids get to play together with each other. Having playground equipment in your backyard will encourage play dates. Group interaction as well as social development takes place on playground equipment in a number of ways: they learn how to take turns and exercise self-control while waiting for a swing to open up; they can watch each other on the playground equipment; they will also learn to communicate with each other as they chat away on the stairs, slides, bridges and ramps of the playground equipment.

Self-Confidence Benefits

When children master a new skill like climbing, walking up a rope ladder or making it over the monkey bars, they have big smiles plastered all over their faces with the greatest sense of pride. Each time they master a new skill they remove fears and they build their self-confidence. Playground equipment is the perfect piece of outdoor play equipment to master these all-important skills and build confidence and self-esteem. Parents who have seen their 4- or 5-year-old navigate a climbing wall or walk up a rope ladder or their 3-year-old venture out on a wiggling rope bridge have also seen the wide smiles once the children conquer their fears of these playground structures and gain success in mastering them. Voice of Play says that the sense of accomplish children gain leads to self-confidence and an increase in self-esteem.

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