Perfect Play Areas
Are your kids commonly found in front of the TV, computer or video game console? These days, children are spending more of their time inside, which means that they miss out on opportunities to explore nature, run, roll, climb and swing.
Experts say that playing outdoors promotes well-being and allows children to discover their environment, develop muscle strength and coordination and gain self-confidence. Playing actively outdoors also increases flexibility, fine and gross motor skills and is related to the development of a wide variety of physical skills.
We suggest investing in outdoor play area items, like those listed below, to entice your kids outdoors and help them grow:
Playing in a sand pit offers several benefits – primarily the development of the sense of touch through the texture of the sand. Sand play also develops the arm, wrist and hand muscles, hand-eye co-ordination as well as wrist control. Plus it encourages creativity and imagination.
Wonderful Wendy houses
Ideal for children of all ages, a Wendy house gives kids a space of their own where they can play safely. Make sure that it is waterproofed and big enough to accommodate their friends and possibly also a table and some chairs.
Jolly jungle gyms
One of the best ways of keeping kids entertained is with a jungle gym. In addition to getting children physically active, which protects against childhood obesity, the biggest benefit offered by jungle gyms is that it develops their gross motor skills.
When children are pushed on a swing, or when they propel the swing themselves, they will learn to engage all of their muscles to hold on, while the back and forth rhythm will teach them to balance and co-ordinate their bodies. They also get a chance to see the world from a new perspective whilst swinging.
With entertaining and educational items like these, getting the kids out the house will be child’s play!