There’s no doubt about it, we need to get our kids outdoors more often. With the enticement of digital technologies and increasingly busy lifestyles, suburban Australian streets and backyards are not like they used to be 20+ years ago, the sound of kids happily playing until it was time to come inside for lunch or dinner.
It’s why companies like Go and Play are committed to getting kids outdoors so kids’ can reap the benefits of outdoor active play and experience genuine fun, away from digital devices. Where digital devices only rely on sight and sound, outdoor play engages all the senses and has massive benefits to the physical, emotional and mental development of kids.
The benefits of outdoor play
The massive benefits outdoor play has on our kids is often forgotten encouraging them to play outside as much as possible pays dividends. Here are just a few ways outdoor play can help your children:
- Improves muscle strength and coordination
- Builds self-confidence
- Develops gross motor skills through actions like running, jumping and leaping
- Improves hand-eye coordination
- Develops imaginations and creative thinking
- Improves fitness
- Burns calories
- Helps them connect with nature
- Helps with risk-taking and allowing children to discover their limits
- Aids in self-expression
Understandably, some families do not live close to a park, a beach or other nature space to be able to experience active outdoor play, fully. That is why Go and Play specialise in products that can be used in the safety and convenience of the backyard; they’re the perfect way for your kids to be able to get the health and fitness benefits of outdoor play.
Go and Play Products to encourage outdoor play
Cubby House & Fort
What child doesn’t love imaginative play in a cubby house or fort! It’s their own little space where they can be completely unplugged and lost in a world of creativity. A cubby house or fort is the ultimate blank canvas for children to create whatever game they desire. But it’s not just creative play that cubby houses and forts are good for, kids will be climbing and jumping for hours. Throw in a swing or a slide and kids will be swinging and sliding too, the perfect way to build gross motor skills.
Forget the old swing set you had as a kid with the rickety see saw and the shaky handlebars, Go and Play have a new age Vuly 360 Swing Set. This swing set is fully customisable, you can choose from four different swings including the classic swing, the nest, the spin and the yoga swing. For even more fun, add a Vuly 360 Basketball hoop on the side and your kids will be set for the entire day and you can have a break!
Trampolines deliver a huge number of benefits, you might even find yourself jumping on it yourself if your kids will give you a chance. Not only are they a huge amount of fun, they offer cardivasular benefits, are great for coordination and agility, help with muscle tone and developing core stability and are a great low-impact exercise. The great thing about the Vuly Trampolines too is that you and your kids can enjoy all of these benefits without having to worry about contact with the springs (because they’re outside the contact area) and you’re protected within the enclosure.
Don’t you wish you had one of these when you were a kid! A zipline (or flying fox) in your backyard is the ultimate of ‘at home’ fun and the perfect way to build kids confidence. If you’re worried about safety, rest assured, Go and Play stock the Alien Flier zip line which has a Stop Block stopping system and the must have Speed Control system which makes it the safest zip line on the market.
A slackline is tensioned to create a dynamic line with stretch and bounce like a long and narrow trampoline, the line itself is flat. The tension of the slackline can be adjusted and there is a variety of webbing available to perform different tricks. Perfect for core strength and balance, slacklining is great fun for the whole family.
There’s heaps more you can do in the pool than play Marco Polo! Why not add a waterslide, diving board, basketball or volleyball game to your swimming pool. A waterslide or diving board means you’ll have your very own waterpark right in your backyard and a basketball or volleyball game is the perfect way to get your kids active while having fun with friends.
If you’ve been pulling your hair out, trying to figure out a way to get your kids off the couch and away from the screen and doing something that will benefit their health and development, these products from Go and Play are a great start. Not only that, it’ll give you a break too!