How Playgrounds Can Benefit Children

May 22, 2013 by

Children love spending time with their friends swinging as high as they can and seeing who can climb up to the top of the slide first. While children think they are simply having a fun time, little do they know that there are many fantastic reasons to spend time in the playground.

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Children love playgrounds and they are also really great for a healthy lifestyle
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Playgrounds can benefit children in a variety of ways including physically, mentally, socially, and psychologically. The fact that they are having fun and are blissfully unaware of such benefits is definitely a plus! Below is a short guide to some of the best ways in which children can benefit from spending time in the playground.

Exercise
Exercise is very important, especially in children. In the modern world many children are overweight, and this can be very dangerous for their health both now, and in later life. The playground is the perfect location to encourage exercise, and the best part is that they won’t even realise they’re doing it!

Running from one piece of equipment to the next, climbing up ropes and swinging between bars burns a lot of calories, and is also a great way for children to have fun. While they are exercising they are also building strength in their muscles and helping their bodies to develop physically. Therefore, playgrounds can have a very positive impact on a child’s health and physicality.

Imagination Development
Another fantastic benefit of taking your child to the park is that this will help them develop creatively. This type of spontaneous play encourages and allows children to explore with freedom. Children often devise new and exciting games to enjoy around the playground, and this type of creativity develops their imagination.

The development of the imagination at an early age is very important and is a skill that can be carried on into later life. You will often find that it is the people with the biggest imaginations and craziest ideas that do very well in business and in life.

Self-Confidence Boost
Self-confidence is a thing lacking in many adults, and this can sometimes be traced right back to childhood. Building self-confidence as a child is therefore very important and can be done very effectively in the playground.

Children are usually allowed to play freely with their parents at the side or even not there, and this can immediately help in building their confidence as they become more independent. The play equipment itself can also be very beneficial in this area. If a child manages to climb the rope, swing across the monkey bars, or reach the top of the slide, they will feel like they have overcome a challenge and their achievement will develop their self-confidence greatly.

Social Interaction
Finally, the park is also very beneficial for a child’s social interaction. Children can interact with their peers at school, but most of the time there is spent in a controlled environment where they are told exactly what to do.

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Playgrounds are great for social interaction, all around the world
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In the playground children are free to meet and interact with other children their own age and this is very important. It allows them to develop social skills such as taking it in turns to speak and listening to each other. It also helps them become comfortable around others, which is an advantageous trait to have throughout your entire life.

Conclusion
While children simply think they are having a great time, you can rest assured that they are also reaping the benefits of developing their mind and body throughout the entire process.

Author Bio:
An article by Alan Horton who believes playgrounds benefit children in a variety of ways such as those mentioned above.

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