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.
Long ago, I learned about the power of play with my kids. And I learned some important tips along the way. First, follow their lead. Kids will make choices and show/tell you what they want to play. By showing that you care about them and their interests leads to better playtime all around. It’s fun to be silly, make funny faces, dress up, and laugh a lot together. I love to get on their level. I’ll sit on the floor or the ground with them and become truly engaged with them for better playtime. We love to build forts and use our imaginations. We love to sing and dance too.
Landscape Structures and the Freedom to Play:
I believe that the freedom to play is a powerful tool to help shape a child. I know as a kid with my four siblings and our many neighbors, weekends and summer vacations seemed to stretch on endlessly. We were given the choice to play all day – by the pool, in the woods by the stream, in the trees, and with our imaginations. I know that “old-fashioned” childhood I had of playgrounds, roller skates, and friendships made a big impact on how I parent today. I see them flourish when they’re given freedom to play. And I know my kids make stronger friendships and grow in confidence and social skills with regular play. I can see it every day in both of my kids.
We are lucky to live near a Landscape Structures playground, because they design better playgrounds that welcome ALL ages and abilities. These playgrounds are the signature gathering spaces for communities, and offer the most innovative play experiences. What we know is that giving kids the freedom to play allows them to gain confidence through mastery and self-discovery, and this can really nurture small psyches and instill lifelong skills.
Every time we go, I see them build better skills. Our local inclusive playground has separate play areas for younger and older kids. It features challenging and rewarding equipment that makes kids think about how they want to climb, balance, hang, crawl, collaborate, accomplish, etc.