The physical play movements of children begin in the very early stages of life; although they may not be totally noticeable. For example, clapping the hands together and moving around in rhythmic movements are all forms of early play which are later developed.
In the primary school age, active play is introduced. Active play is encouraged as a fundamental aspect of child development. Soft play allows children to communicate with each other and engage in new experiences. The development they undergo through play will actually determine how they progress in later life.
Here are a few reasons why active play is important:
- Immediate effects
Although active play is usually most beneficial for long-term mental effects, there are also immediate physical effects which must be noted. Children need to be active in some format; whether riding their bike, walking to school or taking dance classes. Being active prevents cardiovascular issues, becoming obese at a young age and can also develop their muscles.
- Developing self-confidence
Active play allows children to become social with each other and get used to mingling with new people. Soft play is an extremely effective method for allowing your child to develop into a confident and adventurous individual, rather than shying away from others and opportunities in the future.
- Being happier
Children who regularly become engaged in active play have been known to be much happier in their everyday lives, than those children who don’t. Expert Jerome Singer in 1994 claimed “Playful children are more physically active, creative, humorous, imaginative, emotionally expressive, curious and communicative”. A child’s happiness stems from being able to express themselves within their own age group.
- Good hand eye coordination
Active play also has another benefit – it increases flexibility and movement, through the ways in which toys are played with. They can explore their new toy or piece of equipment through developing essential hand eye coordination, such as throwing, kicking and catching, as well as learning to balance without assistance.
For further advice on active play and hiring soft play equipment for parties, please contact us at Little Giggles to learn more.