This post was sponsored by Landscape Structures as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own.
It is hot here in Arizona and this is our first real summer in Phoenix. When we lived in Florida, we spent our days at the beach or playing at parks. The kids always want to be outside and this summer, nothing has changed except the temperature! It reaches 120 degrees here in Phoenix.
Temperature doesn’t really make a difference when it comes to their freedom to play outside. It is probably the most important thing for them in life. I just make sure to keep them hydrated and have them wear hats and sunblock.
For a long time, I didn’t understand that importance of outside play, especially when the kids were babies. I spent a lot of time walking with them in strollers outside and that was how I got them to take naps sometimes. But I didn’t put it together. I had friends that used to tell me that they couldn’t do play dates inside; that their children had to be outside all the time.
Now I get it.
Playing outside gives my kids confidence. When they try new activities like monkey bars or jumping, they scream, “look mommy, look what I can do!” with pure excitement.
Better Social Skills
Inclusive playgrounds help with my children’s social skills. Their social skills have have improved because they only know each other at home. Siblings are different with each other compared to other kids. When they get introduced to play with other kids at the parks, it teaches them social skills, like what is acceptable play and how to treat others with respect. Not just how it’s like with a sibling.
I remember the days when I had to encourage my son to go down slides. I finally just gave him the time he needed to discover it himself on his time.
Sometimes no encouragement is the best encouragement in situations like these when they just have to discover for themselves. This gave him lifelong skills to discover other things and it built his confidence. He now slides down the biggest slides he can find, one’s I wouldn’t even go down.
Landscape Structures designs better playgrounds that welcome all ages and abilities. They are the signature gathering spaces for communities and offer the most innovative play experiences. This helps them master skills. They can practice and see it pay off.
Watch the Landscape Structures video below and check out how important outside play is.
Outside play is beneficial to your child’s growth, both physical and mental. Find a playground near you and get your children outside.