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My family loves the playground! Up until last August we were only able to enjoy it a few months out of the year, but now that we’ve moved to Florida we visit and explore new playgrounds at least once a week. I am a big believer that there are limitless playground benefits for children.
As a young mom, I started taking Anthony to playground most afternoons as a way for him to get energy out and to enjoy the fresh air. After the twins came, the playground was a place for me to just let go of the day’s stresses and play with all three kids. I made the walk or drive every day without realizing all the amazing life skills my children were learning as they ran, hung, and climbed through the playground.
3 Important Life Lessons Children Learn on the Playground
On the playground, they learned how to make friendships by working together and helping one another.
The first place my children made friends, outside of the family, was on the playground. There is something heartwarming about a child being able to run onto the playground and within the blink of an eye, they are jumping around with a group of kids. They help each other and encourage each other to cross the monkey bars or face their fears and go down the high slide. Children learn that working together will make the see-saw work and build sandbox villages faster. They learn that climbing as high as you can is a lot more fun with someone to enjoy the view with.
They learn to use their imaginations and collaborate with each other.
The play structure becomes a pirate ship and the slide is a plank into the alligator waters. The climbing dome is a princess castle that is protected by magic. They learn to use their imaginations together and create some amazing play time as each child adds a different aspect to the story.
They learn to be leaders and make decisions while celebrating each other.
As they play children learn to make decisions for themselves, which leads them to become leaders and builds their confidence. From deciding who is going to be the captain of the ship to figuring out who is going down the slides together, decisions are made and leaders are built.
Playgrounds are a place for play and learning, where children develop in the areas of leadership, teamwork, perseverance, and where they build valuable social relationships. As our children play they are building life skills that they will need to create an amazing future. For a better tomorrow, we play today!