It’s quite true that parents spend the first few years of a child’s life teaching them to walk and talk and the following decade asking them to quieten down and sit still. The fact is, however, that children of all ages need to be able to let off steam. Making a lot of noise and running around freely is a key part of a child’s development and constantly repressing this urge can be unhealthy. Soft play is the ideal place to let off steam and let kids be kids. Read on to find out why.
The noise factor
Children are frequently told to quieten down, and that’s because they are often in situations that they need to be quiet in. This can include school, preschool, mealtimes, public transport, shops, visiting family etc. Children are frequently told to use their ‘indoor voices’ and for good reason; they need to learn where and when it’s not acceptable to be noisy. That being said, if there’s one thing that is shared by all young children, it is an urge to make a lot of noise and that’s where soft play can come in useful. Soft play centres are designed around children which means they can run around without fear of being told to be quiet.
Letting off steam
While parents feel like they never have enough energy to get through the day, children appear to have surplus amounts of energy. Any parent can testify to what happens when a child hasn’t had a chance to run off energy in a given day; a difficult bedtime is usually the result. Soft play gives children the chance to run off that excess energy, whilst also contributing to good physical development such as muscle growth and fitness.
Running around, making noise and generally letting off steam are essential parts of a child’s day, but without a visit to a soft play centre they don’t always get the chance to do it. Give your children a chance to truly be children as often as you can, and if it’s raining outside, soft play is your best friend.