A key part of raising your child is helping them develop the skills they need for life. While most will need no help with being chatty or loveable, there are some skills that can be enhanced with soft play. Key amongst these are the motor skills your child has. But what exactly are motor skills?
In simple terms, these are the ability your little one has to perform the daily tasks and movements they need too. From getting out of bed, to putting their shoes on or picking up a crayon, it is motor skills that make it all happen. As this shows, developing good motor skills is essential for all children.
What can soft play do to help?
In truth, soft play areas are great for child development in a number of key areas. Motor skills are certainly one of these. Here are a few ways in which playing in this environment can really make a difference.
1. Develops fine and gross motor skills
Motor skills are actually split into two different types – gross and fine. Gross motor skills are the type that involve larger movements that use up more energy. Examples of these include jumping, climbing and running. As soft play areas give children plenty of chance to do all this, it helps greatly in developing them.
Fine motor skills are concerned with smaller movements that require more precision. This could be holding a cup or pressing buttons. Soft play is superb for fine motor skill development as it contains many objects or pieces of equipment to practice on.
2. Offers the chance to learn from other children
Very often, your child will learn from other children. This is true when it comes to motor skills – if they are having trouble performing an action, seeing other children do it can help them get it right. Being able to mix with other children in soft play areas gives them the chance to do this and develop their skills.
3. Gives a safe place to practice
One very important advantage that indoor soft play environments offer is safety. Soft play areas give a padded and secure indoor space in which your child can develop. This means that any mishaps when practising their running or jumping will not result in an injury. Compared to doing this outside, it is much better.
As you can see, play is very important for your child’s development and soft play, in particular, can help lots. Why not visit our safe and fun soft play facility today to find out more?