The Importance of Play

March 13, 2017Holly Sosa

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.

For me, it’s the one on the shore of Lake Huron. There is a carousel that my sister and I used to take turns spinning each other on. They had teeter totters there, which always seem rare at most playgrounds, and it encouraged my sister and I to work together (one of the few times we could without arguing, ha!). My favorite playground.

Now that I’m a mom, I know the importance of play. Playgrounds are a place not just for play, but also learning. I see my children developing skills in leadership, teamwork, and perseverance on the playground. They’re also building valuable social relationships together as siblings and friends.

Landscape Structures has partnered with University of Minnesota’s Institute of Childhood Development to research how play helps develop the whole child by creating leaders, encouraging collaboration, and teaching about the values of persistence and problem solving. Their playgrounds benefit people of all ages and abilities, promoting inclusive play.

For a better tomorrow, my family plays today. When we are together on a playground, I can’t help but think about the important role playgrounds have in childhood development and how they encourage persistence, leadership, competition, bravery, support, and empathy.

Where the world is focused on what’s wrong in the world, Landscape Structures sees potential and promise in our children and their play which fosters their imaginations and helps to create decisive leaders and fulfilled souls that work together to help each other.

The importance of play can’t be ignored. When I hear the giggles, when I watch them work together to help their little sister up the ladder so she can ride the slide down, when I see them pushing each other on the swings. There’s no denying that play is essential to my little humans becoming big humans who can problem solve and care for one another.

Find a Landscape Structures playground near you by using their playground locator. You can learn more about their playgrounds by visiting Landscape Structures on Facebook and Landscape Structures on Twitter.

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