The Importance of Play – Indoors Vs Outdoors

If the weather hasn’t reflected it already, summertime is here! Now is a great time to take advantage of the kids being out of school and engage them in free play, vital to a child’s overall development. In this blog, we will help you understand the differences between indoor play vs playing outdoors.

Physical Fitness

Regularly playing indoor games helps your kid improve their body fitness since these games incorporate a variety of body movements, whereas sometimes while playing at an outdoor space, there is no supervision of their movement and chances are that they accidently put a lot of physical strain on their body. This causes harm to their physical and mental fitness.

Coordination and Balance

Climbing up slides, hanging off bars, and running from one piece of equipment to another at an indoor play centre not only provides children with heart-healthy, muscle-building exercise, but it also improves children’s flexibility and gross motor skills, protecting them from injury during playtime. However, if they indulge in the same activities at an outdoor play space, there is a greater risk of external injury.

Fun in any weather

One of the major inconveniences with outdoor kids play places in our country is that the weather is very unpredictable. There might be times when you’ve planned to bring your kids to the park, and it’s too hot for them to play outside or sometimes it just starts raining, whereas with indoor play centres you can plan an afternoon of fun for your kids without having to worry about the weather. They can play games, climb structures, and run around without ever getting their shoes and clothes dirty.

Creativity and Imagination

During the time spent at indoor play areas, kids usually face several situations and challenges which help them in developing vital skills. For example, interacting with others can help them develop and improve their imagination. Kids also learn to be more curious and expressive. Most well designed and modern indoor play areas also have cafes; therefore, while parents comfortably sip on a cup of tea or coffee and unwind, their children have the freedom to develop and explore their creativity in a safe, healthy and secure environment.

Safety and security

As mentioned earlier, an indoor play centre is not only safe but also more secure. Indoor playgrounds are typically softer and padded. This is important, as it will protect a child if they fall. The soft indoor play equipment can put a lot of minds at ease. An outdoor kids play place also doesn’t have boundaries and is accessible to anyone and everyone. There’s really no control over whom your kids interact with unless you are there constantly to keep a watch, whereas at an indoor play centre, not only is your child safe from external injury but also is under constant watch by play supervisors who are always around to keep an eye on your little one and ensure smooth and injury free play.