Is swinging important for kids? Lately, I see many playgrounds, parks, and schools with no swings. Are they left out due to liability , supervision, or cost? I’m not sure what the challenges are to include swings anywhere kids are, but I do know why it is so important for kids to have opportunities to swing.
Is swinging important for kids? Yes!
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!