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From the time when they are old enough to walk, all the way until they are grown adults, kids spend a lot of time outdoors, and even in their early years, they are pushing themselves and learning as they spend time on the playground, either at school or the local park. When you stop to think about it, there is a lot of value in the time kids spend at the park.
Among other things, they learn communication and problem solving skills. They learn how to share and how to use their imaginations. The social skills learned on the playground are invaluable, and we all use them for the rest of our lives, and even in school, though we only have a small window of time to spend with them each day, that time still represents some of the more exciting parts of the day.
Creating Appreciation For Freedom
As early as preschool, kids can start to appreciate the freedom that comes with playing on playgrounds for preschools, and use that time to help balance out their day with the time spent in the classroom. Every year, the activities they learn become more and more complex, and though they start to use their imaginations less, they will start to use some of the tools they learned early on and apply them in more practical ways, in more mature, complicated activities.
Kids start to learn how to push themselves both mentally and physically while playing on outdoor play equipment for kids, but the true importance lies in the skills learned on the playground, and that is by far the most practical aspect of the experience, though giving them the chance to exert themselves and relax throughout the day is also a great aspect of the process.
Adults Are Still Kids
Even as adults, when we have kids of our own, taking them to the park to play on the swings and the jungle gym is just as much fun for us as it is for them as we live vicariously through their eyes, watching them having the time of their lives. It’s as therapeutic as it is educational in some cases, but above all else, the playground is a place where kids feel free, where they can escape the classroom and really let loose.
For a kid, the playground is their castle, and even after they grow out of it, they will always look back on that time with fond memories, but probably won’t realize all that they’ve learned from the experience.
Laura Dudley writes about safe play equipment and how to keep children entertained on the playground.