Let the kids swing!
Let them swing on their bellies, twist and turn, swing slow or fast, swing high or low.
It’s no secret that getting your kids (and yourself) off the couch can be great for everyone’s physical and mental health. Getting outside and making the most of the sunshine and fresh air is great exercise and even gives you more opportunities to bond with your family. Play time is even easier when you only have to go into the backyard instead of the local park to enjoy the benefits of a swing set. So take a minute to peel away from those television and phone screens and see what other benefits having a swing set can do for your children.
- Swinging encourages social interaction and development.
- The movement of swinging helps develop perceptual skills.
- Swinging increases spatial awareness.
- Swinging helps develop gross motor skills – pumping legs, running, jumping, etc.
- Swinging helps develop fine motor skills – grip strength, hand, arm, and finger coordination.
- Twisting and untwisting on the swing has additional benefits! According to research, the act of spinning stimulates different parts of a child’s brain simultaneously, which promotes the development of interconnected pathways in the brain. These connections are important for learning skills such as spatial awareness, rhythm, balance, muscle control, etc.