Children learn a lot through play! Let’s see what influence play equipment has on children!

2016.06.30

Research shows that the brain of people who played a lot when they were young children creates lots of synapse communicating important signals.
Clever people
are said to have smooth communication occurring within their brain.
The Tokyo University research team has proved that children who play a lot when they are young are smarter.
Let’s see exactly how the playground equipment at daycares and kindergartens really influence children’s development.

Importance of age-appropriate play

The time from when a child is a baby until he/she enters elementary school goes by really quickly but it is amazing how much they grow during this short period of time.

After babies first start walking, they begin to be able to use their hands freely and their fingers skillfully.
As they grow and their body becomes bigger they learn how to move their bodies better such as climbing up the stairs on the slide and balancing themselves.

From 2 years old, they can start participating in “pretend play” using the toys around them and from 3 years old children can often participate in “pretend play” within a group.
As they get older they can start using their imagination to create pieces of work with clay and origami and also follow rules used during group play.

Through play, children learn social and communication skills and expand their vocabulary.
It is the playground equipment inside and outside that helps them learn through play.

The knowledge needed to play differs depending on a child’s developmental stage so it is important that children use play equipment that is appropriate for their age group.

Indoor play activities

Many of the indoor play activities focus on “pretend play” rather than physical skills.
One major example is play house.
This type of play often includes a toy kitchen with pretend food and plates, pots and pans.

“Pretend play” activities differ depending on a child’s developmental stage and change from being able to copy what their parents are doing to being able to play in a group and assign roles to all participants.
As they grow, children are able to use blocks and toy trains to build “a train station” and “a town”.

Through this type of play, children learn how to work together which improves their social and communication skills.

Outdoor play activities

Outdoor play equipment is geared towards physical activities.
Young children love to use the see-saw, swings and slides.
Until the age of 3, children tend to play on their own within the same environment.
From 3 years old on, children begin group play.

At 4 and 5 years old, children can play games with rules using the playground equipment.
Moving one’s bodies outside is great for exercise and improving one’s sports ability.
After exciting activities, like swinging high on the swings and going fast on the slide, our brains create many synapses which make us smarter individuals.

Allowing children to play age-appropriate activities will help them develop the necessary social and communication skills they will need later in life.
Also, the more that we let our children experience exciting activities like the slide, see-saw and swings, the more synapse their brain will create.
This will make them smarter in the long term.

In conclusion, the more children play with their friends on the play equipment available in daycares and kindergartens the smarter they will become.
Let’s give our children lots of opportunities to play with kids the same age.

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