One of the most overlooked aspects of a child’s development is the one related to spending time at the playground with other children. In this day and age of social media, online games, and being connected to the internet 24/7, the outdoors are playing lesser and lesser roles in the life of our children. Unfortunately, this impacts the child’s growth on many levels. It’s not just about improving their physical and social skills by having the child interact with their peers, but even their language development, mental health, and emotional growth are all linked to how much time a child spends outdoors playing with playground equipment.

Recent studies found a strong correlation between time spent on a playground and positive mental health. This has to do with the intense emotions that playing with other children and getting immersed in physical challenges bring up. It’s the same with adults as we get involved in daily social situations that lead to the rise of different emotions. But with children, these emotions are important for their mental development. And the more challenging the playing is, physically speaking, the more powerful is its effect on the higher brain. This part of the brain is responsible for regulating the child’s feelings.

Playgrounds with their ability to draw raw emotions out of children prepare them for adult life with all its challenges and obstacles. At the playground when the child is happy there’s pure laughter, loud screaming when excited, and fiercely angry when in conflict. All these reactions are fine and they are crucial for the child’s mental development and ability to control their emotions. The more they let out those extreme emotions the better they get at learning to put them under check.

But playtime is also about physical exercise. All this running, jumping, climbing frames, and screaming at the top of their lungs is exactly what the child needs to develop their physical strength. It’s also how they gain better control over their motor skills and spatial awareness.

Playgrounds offer the child physical challenges that when overcome bring a sense of satisfaction which helps with their self-esteem. And the more complex the equipment and exercises, the better their physical coordination becomes.

The following infographic shows different playground games that you can teach your child. They are safe, easy to learn, and guarantee hours of fun for the child and the parent as well.

Published by will Ent