We are all well versed in the benefits of being outdoors, and outdoor activities. It is well known that being outside is great for you, but what about those days when the weather is just a little too much to bear? With winter here, spreading its chill around, indoor play seems like a very appealing option. But what are the benefits to indoor play areas?
Indoor Play for Adverse Weather
Unpredictable weather can throw a spanner in the works when it comes to children playing outside. It might not be safe, or it might just be outright unpleasant, both of which won’t be conducive to children playing outside. This is why an indoor play area is a brilliant substitute when outside isn’t an option. An indoor play area can allow children to stay active and entertained and some indoor play areas will also have air conditioning, which is a bonus for the parents too!
Indoor Play Areas Encourages Creativity
Children are faced with situations and challenges when they bond and interact with other children; this helps them develop their imagination. Children tend to be more expressive with each other and this also facilitates them learning from each other. With an indoor play area, children have the freedom to explore and develop their creativity in a secure and safe environment. Interacting with others also helps children’s language development, while also creating a space where they can share ideas, express their feelings and build friendships. Play encourages children to learn how to socialise and start to understand particular social behaviours, and an indoor play area creates the safe space for them to trial and error many things.
Indoor Play Area Facilitates Physical Exercise
In an age where electronics are the norm, it is easier than ever for children to stay indoors and opt for games or play time that requires no physical activity. Indoor play areas offer the comfort of the inside but allows children to partake in physical activity, without even noticing! There are plenty of benefits of exercise, and children aren’t excluded. Children who engage with physical activity regularly are healthier both mentally and physically. As a result, they are more likely to want to face tasks and challenges head on, which is a great attitude for indoor soft play!
Indoor Play Areas Encourage Development of Motor Skills
Soft play encourages both gross and fine motor development with the interaction they have within a soft play area. In an indoor play area, children are free to step, crawl, climb and jump without any fear of injury, which means they are more likely to try to move their bodies and master the art of jumping or rolling. Indoor play areas also provide a safe space where children can practise fine motor skills such as balancing and provides an open space and lighting. This provides a good sensory experience for children learning movement skills.
Here at St Peter’s Prep, mixed boarding school, Devon, we know that play is such an important part of children’s lives for not just emotional and physical growth, but also for fun! To find out more information, visit our website.