Why Swinging is SO Important for Kids

Importance of Swinging

 

Let the kids swing!

Let them swing on their bellies, twist and turn, swing slow or fast, swing high or low.

Just let them swing!

Swinging is important for kids!

Did You Know:

  • Swinging strengthens your child’s core and helps with the development of balance.
  • The rocking motion of swinging stimulates the cerebral cortex, the part of the brain that helps you focus.
  • Swinging offers help with sensory integration, which is how your brain organizes and interprets information. Sensory Integration provides a foundation for later, more complex learning and behavior.
  • Swinging is calming!
  • Swinging encourages social interaction and development.
  • The movement of swinging helps develop perceptual skills.
  • Swinging increases spatial awareness.
  • Swinging helps develop gross motor skills – pumping legs, running, jumping, etc.
  • Swinging helps develop fine motor skills – grip strength, hand, arm, and finger coordination.
  • Twisting and untwisting on the swing has additional benefits! According to research, the act of spinning stimulates different parts of a child’s brain simultaneously, which promotes the development of interconnected pathways in the brain. These connections are important for learning skills such as spatial awareness, rhythm, balance, muscle control, etc.

Let them swing!

 

Resources: Take a SwingSolve J Swings, Photo Credit: © Sonyae 

Comments

  1. Anna K. says

    My 10 1/2 son, who has DS, cannot pump himself on the swing. I really want him to learn but it just hasn’t come together for him yet, although I have worked on it, and his PT has worked on it. He will straighten and bend his legs, but he is not leaning back and then pulling his trunk forward. He can swing himself on his glider swing though.

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