September 23, 2012

Outdoor Play

There are so many benefits of outdoor play for young children. We should try to get the kids outside everyday, whatever the weather, even for a short time. Playing on a swingset (climbing, swinging, sliding, etc) promotes childrens' critically developing gross motor skills, which encompasses movement, perceptual motor, coordination, balance, and more. Particularly for toddlers and preschoolers, swingset play offers rich opportunities for these emerging skills and developmental areas. Playing on and around your swingset also promotes cognitive development (creative and critical thinking), imaginative play, and fosters social skills and cooperative play with others. Older children benefit as well, in their ongoing physical and social development, as well as building their self-confidence, and providing an outlet for their abundance of energy. Try to get the kids outside as often as possible - to play, learn, and grow.