Sunday, June 21 was officially the start to summer, and what better way to celebrate than by a trip to the local playground?
Research shows that outdoor free play gives kids many valuable benefits, including the development of physical, emotional, social and cognitive skills. International Play Equipment Manufacturers Association (IPEMA) likes to think of playgrounds as nature’s many colorful, open, hands-on classrooms that provide tremendous learning opportunities to kids of all ages.
IPEMA and the Voice of Play teamed up with a community of bloggers, to help spread this message on the first day of summer. IPEMA asked bloggers to share what they and their children enjoy most at the community playground. Is it the friendships their children make or the learning skills they have attained? Maybe it is the bonding time that they get to spend with their children outdoors, while also filling those daily exercise goals. Whatever their reasoning is, posts were aimed to inspire other families to enjoy the summer in a similar way.
Check out this excerpt from Susie’s Reviews and Giveaways:
“It’s no secret that summer vacation is the pinnacle of any childhood. Waiting out those long months in the classroom, anticipating the freedom of sleeping in past 6 a.m. and playing outside until the street lamps come on. Perhaps even a family vacation or camping trip. At least, that’s how I remember summer vacation. It seems though that kids these days would rather stay indoors playing video games or watching television. Indeed, a little electronics never hurt anyone but today’s generation takes it to the extreme. So what is a parent to do? How do we combat the seemingly endless array of video games, cell phones and mind-numbing television? The answer might not be as complex as one would think – playgrounds.”
For more stories from our bloggers, be sure to search #SummertimePlay.