DON’T FORGET TO PLAY

Our lo­cal play­grounds of­fer the per­fect space

Times of the Islands - - For Kids -

School is back in ses­sion. Va­ca­tion may be over but every kid still wants to run, yell and play like it’s sum­mer. Chil­dren are nat­u­rally drawn to ac­tive and loud out­door play. Play­ing out­side is not only a form of ex­er­cise, it al­lows them to ex­plore an en­vi­ron­ment, while de­vel­op­ing mus­cle strength and co­or­di­na­tion.

Out­door play is also about cog­ni­tive and so­cial de­vel­op­ment. When out­side, kids are more likely to use their imag­i­na­tion to in­vent games. In do­ing this they’re able to ex­press them­selves freely and cre­atively. They feel safe and in con­trol, which pro­motes au­ton­omy, de­ci­sion-mak­ing and or­ga­ni­za­tional skills. Cre­at­ing their own rules for games pro­motes an un­der­stand­ing of why rules are needed. Although kids are only play­ing for the pure fun of it, they’re learn­ing!

Luck­ily, the weather is beau­ti­ful and we have some won­der­ful play­grounds to en­joy! Every kid loves some play­ground time and we've listed (left) some unique play­ground fea­tures in Sanibel and Cap­tiva that will surely run off some en­ergy while ex­pand­ing their cre­ativ­ity. They all are a bit dif­fer­ent in location, size and equip­ment but, most im­por­tantly, play re­mains the same. Mandy Carter is a lo­cal mom with a pas­sion for fam­ily travel, a pop­u­lar travel blog­ger in­clud­ing her own fam­ily blog at Acup­ful.com and the Dig­i­tal Con­tent & En­gage­ment Editor for TOTI Me­dia.

Play­time al­lows chil­dren to ex­press them­selves freely and cre­atively.

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