This post was sponsored by Landscape Structures as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central. All opinions expressed in my post are my own
Let’s cut to the chase. Plain and simple, I believe that kids need playgrounds. I’ve witnessed children learning persistence, leadership, competition, and bravery all on the grounds of a simple playground in a park.
Can you imagine a world with no playgrounds? I can look back on my own childhood with a smile knowing I spent a lot of time outdoors on the playground simply playing.
We now live in a world filled of distractions and stressors. It can be an uphill battle to find the right balance of simple play vs. spending time utilizing technology.
Albert Einstein once said that, “Play is the highest form of research.” What better way of teaching our kids how to play and use their imagination than on a play structure or swing set surrounded by nature.
When I see my own children playing I realize that there are many reasons families need playgrounds. There are so many benefits, some that aren’t as obvious.
Why Our Kids Need Playgrounds
Encourages problem solving
As a parent, sometimes I want to hover more than I should. However, when I take a step back and allow my daughter to explore on her own, she uses her problem solving skills to figure out how to climb and maneuver through the playground. Not only does she discover her own confidence, she learns how to share with others by letting them take turns on the slide. Granted, some times I do have to remind her but overall she is learning valuable skills simply by playing.
Falling in love with the great outdoors
Being outdoors among the beautiful landscape and trees that Landscape Structures’ playground provides is truly an experience. Looking out to the playground I see a forest filled with children playing. It doesn’t feel manufactured and fake. Not to mention, my daughter loves to be outside. It’s almost like it calms her in some ways. The sun shining and birds chirping. It’s definitely an escape from being indoors all day.
Health benefits are endless
Kids can’t help but get active when they are at the playground. It’s healthy for both the kids and their parents. You are definitely on the move, burning calories, building confidence, and making memories that will bring a smile to everyone’s faces.
Experiencing emotions as a family
Not only do kids need playgrounds, so do parents and caregivers. I experience emotions every time we visit a playground. I feel pride and joy seeing my little one play. The best part is when she accomplishes a skill for the first time and says, “I did it Momma!” But enough about me, because kids experience and experiment with emotions the second they step foot on the playground. Sometimes they conquer their fears and unfortunately, sometimes they also fail. Failure isn’t always a bad thing because once they do succeed they experience a higher sense of accomplishment.
Learning to play alone and play with others
I mentioned this earlier, but allowing our children to play on playgrounds opens their world up to playing well with others. They learn how to share, how to take turns, and how to build friendships in an instant. I am sometimes amazed how easily my daughter can make a new friend at the park.
There are times when it’s just us at the playground. I do play with her, but I also challenge her to play independently. Many times are children say they are bored and crave our undivided attention which is normal. However, I do think it’s important to teach our children how to entertain themselves once in a while. That doesn’t mean as parents we sit on the sidelines playing on our phones hardly looking up, but it means watching from a distance to let them explore and use their imagination.
For A Better Tomorrow, We Play Today
Landscape Structures celebrates the promise of our future as kids play and develop skills that shape them as adults on playgrounds. If you have ever been to one of their parks you can see the attention to detail and innovative design that they put in to each playground. It goes beyond the scale of a typical play structure and encourages children to expand their imagination even further.