Today the new playground equipment was installed. The children LOVED the new equipment. Never forget that although a playground is fun, fun, fun, it is also vital for development of young children.
The benefits of unstructured outdoor play as discussed in The Developmental Benefits of Playgrounds are the abilities to make decisions, work and play within a community of others, and to try out ideas and explore the play environment. Also highlighted are the benefits of pretend play, which has recently been shown to further the development of brain synaptic connections.
Our new playground will instill imaginative pretend play with our School Bus and Fire Truck. Our kiddos will build strong muscles and improve large motor skills with our new Spring Rider and Funnel Ball, while they learn to work together. Of course, the classic slide and climbing structures build little muscles and help children control the movement of their arms and legs.
Please remember, when your children play after school: Remind them to follow playground rules, such as not spinning in the swings, no standing on the spring rider or seats of play equipment. Remember our playground is designed for children preschool age through second grade only. Children must be supervised at all times.
On a side note, our new shade structure will be installed in about 6- 8 weeks!