Does it seem a little silly to post about how to play at a playground? Kids love to go to playgrounds and play. Each one is different with different options for the kids to explore and use their imagination. Every once in awhile though you might need a little encouragement to foster that excitement for imaginative play. Here are 5 great ways to get your kids excited to play at the playground.
- This post was sponsored by Landscape Structures as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central. All opinions expressed in my post are my own
One of the most important lessons for children to learn, practice, and exercise is play. Playing stimulates so many parts of the brain and encourages so many skills that children need. One of the best ways to encourage play is to take them to a playground. Children can learn so much from a simple visit to a playground.
I remember jumping from structure to structure trying not to step on the ground because it was dangerous quicksand. If you fell in you would sink immediately! I also remember as a child swinging from as high as I could. I would close my eyes and imagine I was in a plane flying through the air. My friends and I would pick out fun destinations to go to and we’d “take off” in our jet planes. Even the littlest at heart can begin to enjoy the playground!
These are the kind of games that kids need to play and learn how to play. It creates imagination and it inspires creativity. There are companies that are focused on helping children of all ages, sizes, and abilities have these opportunities across the country. One of these companies is Landscape Structures.
They build playgrounds that are developed to encourage creativity, leadership, problem solving, social skills, and so much more. You probably didn’t even realize that so many skills could develop from just taking your children to the park!
Landscape Structures says for a better tomorrow, we play today. Our children are our future. Our future will be pretty bright, if we can provide the necessary tools for them to grow and develop all the skills they need. You will be surprised how many playgrounds around you might be Landscape Structure playgrounds! Check out this link to find one near you! Find Landscape Structure Locations here.
You can also watch this neat video and see how a playground can inspire so much in people of all ages and abilities!
Here are 5 great ideas if you child isn’t very interested in playing at the playground or they need a little encouragement. Sometimes children just need a kick start to get them excited! Other times they just need to change things up a little. These games and ideas will get them started and who knows where their imagination will take them!
1. Play a Game. Kids love games. As my children grew older swinging or playing at the playground got a little boring. If I suggested they play a simple game they got excited and found it really fun to go. This is especially great if you still have younger children who want to go to the playground. Now you can get everyone involved and excited to go!
- Grounders -This is my kids’ favorite game at playgrounds. One person is “it” and they have to close their eyes or turn and face the opposite direction of the playground. The other kids run around and try to be on a playground structure or off the ground when the person yells “Grounders.” Whoever is on the ground when it’s yelled becomes “it.” If no one is on the ground the person who is “it” tries again until they catch someone on the ground.
- Musical “Chairs” – Except the chairs are not chairs, use different landing spots at the playground. The DJ plays music and can try to catch you when the music stops if you are not on a landing spot or playground structure.
- Freeze Tag – If you are tagged then you freeze where you are until everyone is caught or you change the person tagging
- Jail Tag- If you are tagged you must go to the playground equipment designated as the jail.
2. Hot lava/Quicksand – The objective of this game is for everyone to stay off the ground. If you don’t you will be “swallowed up” by hot lava or quicksand. It inspires imagination and movement as the children try to avoid the ground.
3. Pretend play– Children love to pretend they are other people and imagine that they are other places. Playgrounds can create a whole new world for them. If there is more than one child it’s always fun to have a good guy and a bad guy! Here are some ideas: Pirates, Cops and Robbers, Princesses and Dragons, People vs. aliens, Spies, or Kings and Queens.
4. Exercise is another great way to use a playground. Of course, they are getting exercise just by playing. However, there are other ways to encourage more exercise. You can create specific exercises for your children to do. For example, you can use the monkey bars. Have them climb the monkey bars forward. Then challenge them to try them backward. Use as stopwatch to time them and see how many times they can go up and down a slide in 1 minute. Challenge them to use the swing to jump over and through it, if it is low enough.
5. Obstacle Course – Kids love obstacle courses. It is fun and can challenge them. Use the playground to create your own. Then have the children create their own for each other or you to try. This can also be fun to use a stopwatch with. Have them try to see if they can improve their time each time they go through the course.
These are just a few extra fun ways to encourage children to play at the playground. I hope you will try them and see if it sparks extra interest and excitement for playground play. Playing at the playground plays such an important role in children’s development.
-Mom on the Move