Now more than ever, it is almost impossible to get the little ones to go outside and play. Children are glued to our technology devices; especially if they have their own that they can use freely, whether it is playing video games or watching videos for hours on end. While some media consumption is beneficial to kids, too much of it can lead to stagnant, stunted growth, and poor overall health and development.
Children Should Get At Least 3 Hours of Outdoor Playtime a Day
Studies have proven that children should get at least 3 hours of play outside per day; that goes beyond simply playing inside with toys. Outside they’re more inclined to run, climb and play with other children, developing valuable physical, motor and social skills while keeping active.
3 Hours can feel like a very long time for kids, especially if they aren’t given much to do outside. It is even worse if they’re already glued to their devices. The good news is, however, that with the right outdoor play systems, children can easily be entertained for hours. Here are some of the playground sets that will keep kids active, while having fun; remember; variety is the spice of life!
Kids love a good swing and are overjoyed for their chance on the swing set. Not only do they exercise fine and gross motor skills while on the swing itself, but when they push each other they hone those skills as well. It teaches them the valuable lesson of patience and sharing with others. Keep them entertained with a good swing set, either as a stand-alone or as an attachment to a jungle gym.
Jungle gyms are the most popular outdoor play systems, and it’s no guess as to why. Jungle gyms come in all shapes and sizes, in a myriad of designs and themes. From pirate boats to jeeps, small sets to larger ones. Jungle gyms come with slides, monkey bars, nets, swings, and poles, plenty to keep the little ones entertained for hours on end. Smaller toddler play systems are available for younger audiences, perfectly designed and built with safety in mind.
Jungle gyms are the best bang for your buck overall when it comes to outdoor play systems, thanks to their many features, extensions, and expandability.
Obstacle courses are another great play system to keep the children fit, healthy and active. Obstacle courses come with many different parts, much like jungle gyms, but spread out to encourage running from one obstacle to the next. Think climbing walls, stepping poles, monkey bars, swing bridges, balance beams, ladders, tunnels and more! Kids can spend hours clambering over these obstacles and running the gauntlet, competing with others and letting their imaginations run wild.
Rockers and Seesaws
No playground is complete without rockers and seesaws. Children love them, and when they’re shaped like the classic horses, zebras, lions, and giraffes they’re even more exciting for the little ones. Seesaws encourage children to play and work together, and rockers are perfect for cowboys and young adventurers, exploring the plains on their trusty steeds.
Extensions include things like basketball hoops, which open up the opportunity for sports, but they also include staples like sand pits, and these open up a whole world of possibilities for playtime for kids. Like a trip to the beach, they get to play with their toys in the sand, build sandcastles, and use their imaginations as they excavate and dig up fossils of toys.
Encourage Outdoor Play with Diverse Playground Systems
Give children the best shot at being entertained and having fun for the full 3 hours that they should spend playing outside every day. Whether you’re a parent, child caregiver, or school faculty, it’s important to equip your playgrounds with plenty of fun and exciting outdoor play systems and toddler play systems. The more the merrier, but if you have little space to work with, you can design your playground with a selection of the most rewarding and versatile equipment. At Kidbuddie, we build and install top-quality wooden outdoor jungle gyms, and we can recommend and craft the perfect playground for you.