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.
I grew up playing outside. We jumped rope, played with dolls and army men, played hide and seek and took frequent trips to a nearby playground. We would wake up and go outside and play until lunch and then right back out until dinnertime. Watching television was for after dinner and right before bed. These days it seems like children want to wake up in the morning and start playing on computers, tablets or gaming systems rather than running out into the sunshine to play. My husband and I encourage our kids to have a healthy balance of both. They have limited electronics time and spend the rest of their time playing outdoors as much as possible.
My family still loves to go to playgrounds. My boys enjoy meeting old and new friends at the playgrounds we frequent and I love to watch them growing and learning on the playground. I see my younger son overcome his fears and shine with bravery while my older son’s competitive nature if fulfilled in creating competitions with other children.
Simply taking your child to a playground is helping shape their future! The University of Minnesota’s Institute of Childhood Development partnered with a playground manufacturer, Landscape Structures, to research the effect of play on a growing child. They learned that playgrounds are not just playtime for children. Instead they are learning how to be leaders, to work as a team, solve problems and persevere.
Today was our last day of school before Spring Break and I wanted to do something fun with my boys so we went to a playground we have never been to before. They really enjoyed meeting different kids and exploring the structures while I sat nearby watching them grow and learn. My boys will grow up and use the skills they practiced on the playground today. If you happen to be looking for a new playground to try I suggest using the Landscape Structures playground locator.
Landscape Structures wants to remind you how important it is to just let your children play. They have created a heartwarming video, “For a better tomorrow we play today”, that will surely make you smile.
Contact Robyn at Robyn@theneighborhoodmoms.com