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The Importance of Swings in Child Development

The Importance of Swings in Child Development

Balance skills

In order to carry out the most basic activities, such as sitting, standing and walking we need to develop good balance skills. In other words, whenever we carry out tasks we need to be able to maintain a controlled body position. This applies whether tasks are static (still) or dynamic (moving.)

Whilst we perfect basic balance techniques as babies and toddlers, we still need to continue to develop good balance technique throughout our lives. Sports activities such as canoeing, trampolining, ice skating all rely on advanced balance techniques and we need to be able to adapt our balance skills for different activities.

Children’s balance can be greatly improved by a range of activities, such as floor gym activities, games, dance and the use of a rope swing. The coordination involved in running and jumping onto a rope swing and back off again requires a significant mastery of balance. Swinging also helps to develop gross motor skills.

Strength

Balancing on the rope swing is an excellent way to develop your child’s core and muscle strength.

Raising strong kids is important, and gives them the skills to participate in all sports later on. Strong kids do well in the rugby field, in canoes, playing tennis and often develop great lung capacity. To help your child increase their upper body strength outdoor play is very important. Shoulders and arms are strengthened through movement and resistance. Such movement and resistance can be achieved through swinging or climbing on a rope.

Endurance

Being able to swing for longer and longer periods of time develops endurance as well as being a whole lot of fun for children. Climbing a rope, although a fun activity, is difficult to master for children. Practicing will develop their upper body strength and stamina. Endurance levels will increase significantly as upper body power and strength improves.

Additional Benefits of Swinging

For young children, swinging using a rope swing allows them to develop their spatial awareness, providing a solid foundation for complex learning and behavior as they grow. Swinging stimulates the cerebral cortex - the part of the brain which helps you focus - preparing young minds for learning. Children love swinging on rope swings, they have fun and there are solid educational and developmental reasons why a rope swing is a perfect investment for your child.


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