Developmental Importance of Playgrounds
Adults today may have fond memories of playing outside with their friends on a daily basis, however, most children today have more enthusiasm for indoor activities than previous generations. Children are getting hours of screen time per day and are often playing with video games or watching television instead of playing outside. Playgrounds are not only essential for having fun, but they also have a variety of important developmental benefits.
Interacting on the playground teaches children lessons about social norms and friendly interaction Learned social skills include:
- Taking turns
- Practicing patience
- Resolving conflict
- Confidence and self-esteem
- Developing friendship
- Accepting diversity
The CDC recommends children get 60 minutes per day of physical activity. Playgrounds may seem like a place to have fun, but it’s actually a healthy workout for kids! Some of the benefits include:
- Motor skill development
- Promotion of healthy heart and lung function
- Muscle toning
- Improved immune function
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