Benefits of Play For Kids

Benefits of Play For Kids

As a parent with a young child, we’re sure that you understand what it’s like to have a three, four, or five-year-old who is full of energy and is bouncing off the walls. While this energy might be overwhelming and frustrating for a busy parent, it’s important to harness this energy as it will help children grow and develop. At Children Smart Toys, we know the importance of kids spending time outside and staying active, so our collection of child development toys and outdoor activities for kids are a perfect option.

Benefits of Exercise for Children

As you can imagine, getting in some physical activity is incredibly important for young children. With regular exercise, kids will have:

  • Stronger muscles and bones, including their heart.
  • A lower chance of becoming overweight.
  • A lower risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
  • Lower blood pressure and cholesterol.
  • Increased focus and concentration both in and out of school.
  • Increased self-esteem.
  • Better team spirit.

When children are playing outside, parents may not think about the type of play or the benefits of playing, but activities can be broken down into three categories that will help them create a habit of exercise and help their developmental growth: endurance, flexibility, and strength.

Endurance

When adults want to build endurance, they may run a few miles on the treadmill or go on a long hike. It’s similar to children. Aerobic activities will help raise their heart rate, will help build strong muscles, and a healthy heart. Endurance activities can include playing a game of soccer, “tag,” dodgeball, or even playing with the dog.

Flexibility

As adults get older, their flexibility often decreases, which can lead to poor posture or having joint pain. For children who are constantly growing, focusing on building flexibility can help improve posture, ensuring that there isn’t any muscle or joint pain, and will help reduce stiffness and soreness. Activities such as gymnastics, dancing, or stretching will help improve flexibility.

Strength

As you know, children are constantly growing, especially their muscles, making it even more important for them to be strong and healthy. When kids have strong muscles, there will be fewer injuries, and they will be able to perform better. Encourage activities such as monkey bars, helping carry in groceries, or playing on the teeter-totter.

Other Benefits of Play

When children play, it often includes other kids. When kids play together, there are all sorts of benefits, including:

  • Problem and conflict solving.
  • Practice using language.
  • Helps to develop fine and gross motor skills.
  • Learning how to play in a group.
  • Laughter.
  • Reduced stress.
  • Helps build a strong imagination.

With so many video games and indoor activities, it’s important to find ways to get kids outside and enjoying nature and playing with other kids. At Children Smart Toys, we want to provide parents with a variety of child development toys and outdoor activities for kids that everyone will enjoy. Our collection includes things like Sports Speed Rings, a Classic Skipping Toy, and a Plasma Car.

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