- Play builds confidence and imagination.
Through physical activity, children are given the chance to try new things, conquer their fears and build their confidence. It’s been proven that when a child is physically active and successful in their movements, they show higher levels of self-esteem and a great sense of accomplishment.
Every new exercise takes practice and ends in reward – whether it’s trying to do a somersault for the first time or climbing to the end of the monkey bars. Once they’ve done it (and their confidence spikes!), they are able to take on bigger, more challenging activities.
- Builds self-confidence and a sense of achievement
- Provides bonding and a sense of belonging
- Improves academic performance
- Teaches self-control, persistence, patience and self-discipline
- Builds memory, teaches split-second decision-making and strategic thinking
- Play develops key motor and athletic skills.
Kids will develop and grow without even realizing it! When they touch their toes, they learn about co-ordination, balance and spatial relationships. When they play with a ball, they strengthen their fine-motor skills. And when they dance, they learn about rhythm and move to the beat.
Being fit appears to create exponential benefits, too. “Fit children are more likely to participate in sports, dance, games, and other physical activities that improve muscular strength and endurance, flexibility, cardio-respiratory endurance, and body composition,” writes Pica, who adds that physical activity also helps kids get throughout the day without fatigue.
- Develops balance, coordination, agility and flexibility
- Improves general health and wellbeing
- Improves physical fitness and stamina
- Builds concentration, focus and memory. Children must learn to remember and apply rules, plays and strategies, even when they are excited
- Play with others teaches teamwork and good sportsmanship.
Children get to interact with each other in a social, non-competitive environment. It doesn’t matter if they win or lose – it’s about working together and trying their best.
For example, activities as simple as playing with a parachute in a gym setting are not as effective unless all children are participating. In order to create “waves” with the parachute – or the game “cat and mouse” – everyone needs to take part and own a specific role. In team sports such as soccer, children build off each other’s strength and successes and cheer each other on. They need to learn to work together to move across the field and score an awesome goal.
- Teaches social skills, teamwork, and sportsmanship by showing children how to be supportive, enjoy success, and accept disappointment
- Teaches children to compete fairly, balancing competitiveness with teamwork and the need to respect the other side
- Reduces boredom which can sometimes lead to anti-social behavior and activity
- Play can build strong bonds between parents and children.
When parents or caregivers demonstrate jumping jacks, show kids how to throw a bumpy ball, and or lead a boisterous sing-along with their kids, not only are kids learning crucial physical skills, they’re also clocking more quality time interacting with those adults. Parents, too, are more engaged in their children’s lives. When parents are actively playing with their child instead of simply observing, this really allows them to understand what their child loves most: Is it the sing-along, the soccer game, or the somersault? That’s important information.
- Play makes kids happy.As many experts will tell you, play is like children’s work. Play allows children to socialize, develop, and learn new skills–while learning about themselves and others. They are able to develop a daily routine that doubles as the perfect start to a healthy, active lifestyle (all without even realizing it!)
We know how important it is for the kids to play sports. You can check out our junior category store which has exclusive range of products for your kid.