Watching children play is every parent’s delight. The kids get to learn different activities and experience new things as they make use of their pent-up energies. Playing allows them to utilise their muscles and flex their minds by being creative. It also helps build their confidence. That is why play is a far better experience for the little ones as well as their parents, instead of spending long hours in front of the TV.
Children can gain new life skills while they enjoy their physical play. Below are a few of the top benefits of allowing kids to play more:
1. Playing Builds Confidence and Imagination
Kids get a chance to try out and experience new things through physical activities. They discover how to build their confidence and overcome their fears. For instance, a toddler can learn how to walk with confidence and have steady movement faster if they engage in physical play. For the adventurous little ones, playing builds their self-esteem and gives them a sense of accomplishment.
Every new play is a form of exercise that demands practice to understand and ends in reward – be it is climbing the monkey bars or doing a first-ever complete somersault. Such an achievement helps in building their confidence, and this urges them to take on more challenging or demanding activities, such as the high ropes at Wildwood Adventure.
2. It Develops Key Motor and Athletic Skills
Children grow and develop without knowing it is happening. When they bend to touch their toes and jump with their legs apart, they learn about balance, coordination, and spatial relationships. Playing with a ball helps in strengthening and refining their motor skills. Dancing is an opportunity for the kids to learn about rhythm (how to move to a beat).
Play is integral for ensuring the children are fit, and then has exponential benefits. A fit child is more likely to love engaging in physical activities such as dancing, games, and various sports that will improve their endurance, cardio-respiratory functions, muscular strength, flexibility, and general body composition. Moreover, the kids will manage to go through the day without feeling fatigued.
3. Playing with Others Teaches Teamwork
Children are naturally inclined to connect quickly with others, they are social, and this is most evident through their play. It thus is a form of interaction that entails a non-competitive perspective, whether they win or lose in an activity. The objective should be for them to work and do things together and do the best they can.
For instance, playing with a parachute in a closed setting might not be as effective as when every child is participating. To create the waves, every kid needs to take part in the activity. The same applies to the game of ‘cat and mouse.’ Team sports are also a perfect example of how children learn how to appreciate and build off each other’s strengths while cheering and encouraging each other. They learn how to work as a team so that they can move the ball across the field while facing their opponents and scoring.
4. It Can Build Strong Parent/Children Bonds
When a parent or caregiver takes an active role when their child’s play, be it throwing a bumpy ball, bursting a dance move or leading an energetic sing-along, they are clocking invaluable quality time. Such interaction is integral in establishing a tight bond and a solid relationship with the kid. Experts advise parents to do less of observing and participating in their children’s play activities. It allows them to have a better understanding of their kids’ hobbies and interests. On the other hand, the children will feel that their parents are approachable and easy to talk with when they need a listening ear.
5. Play Makes Kids Happy
When playing, children not only get to socialise, learn, and develop new skills, they also get to discover new things about themselves and others. Furthermore, play can be a tool that helps them understand how to develop a daily routine. It also is a way of ensuring that they stay healthy and lead an active lifestyle.