Active play is a crucial part of child development, giving children the chance to develop both their gross and fine motor skills. Gross motor skills give a child better control of their body, head, arms and legs; development starts with something as simple as a baby guiding its hand to its mouth, through those first toddling steps and on to running, jumping and climbing.
Soft play offers children a safe environment to start practising some of those moves that have us parents with our hearts in our mouths; but it’s all worth it when we see the proud smile of a cheeky boy or girl who has just made it over an obstacle for the first time.
So, which activities at soft play will help your little explorer to develop those skills?
- Throwing and catching
- Climbing up and down, over and through things
As you’ll see, most of these activities are things that your child will know naturally as they explore the soft play environment. At Little Giggles, we’ve designed our centre with lots of feedback from customers about what they and their kids enjoy most about soft play. We’ve invested a lot of time and energy into creating an environment that will make your child feel that they want to explore, and for both you and them to know that they are safe while they do that.
It isn’t just motor skills, either. Playing alongside and with other children at soft play helps with the development of social skills. Children learn to communicate and to get along, to take turns and to look after others who are having a crisis in confidence when the slide suddenly looks a lot higher from the top than it did from the bottom!
And soft play encourages independence. Parents can relax in the knowledge that their children are in a safe environment, letting their little explorers do more by themselves than they can anywhere else. It’s also the place where no one needs to feel left out. Whether your child arrives alone or with a gang of friends they will have plenty to explore and opportunities to make friends and gain those valuable skills.