How kids’ play equipment is great to build motor skills/strength?

Play equipment offers more than just entertainment for children; they provide vital development for a child’s mental and physical wellbeing. Understanding these advantages and incorporating beneficial equipment into a child’s play can help them develop skills they will utilise throughout their life. Play equipment promotes the growth of motor skills allowing kids to develop strength and hand-eye coordination. These skills can then be translated and continuously developed through sports such as cricket. 

 

How kids' play equipment is great to build motor skills/strength?
How kids’ play equipment is great to build motor skills/strength?

 

Play equipment allows children to develop their gross motor skills in an engaging and enjoyable manner. Gross motor skills describe movements that incorporate multiple muscle groups such as the arms and legs. These skills can be practised by stimulating play with equipment such as kids swings, monkey bars and climbing features. 

Monkey bar sets which offer a wide range of combinations are great for developing motor skills. Using monkey bars requires a high level of upper body and hand strength as the child must suspend themselves above the ground and hang from one arm to move around. When mastering this skill the child develops their upper body strength, coordination, and sequencing. This upper body and hand strength are transferable to cricket as these skills are necessary to be able to hold and swing a bat. Developing this strength at a young age through play equipment will make it easier for the child to excel at sports like cricket.

Other climbing features such as ladders, cargo nets and jungle ropes, offer more diverse play which engages multiple muscle groups such as legs, arms, core and fingers. This play equipment is similar to monkey bars; however, often provides more of a challenge, as they engage the lower body as well as the arms and require balance, as they are more unstable. By using more of the body this equipment promotes hand-eye coordination and balance.

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These skills of balance and hand-eye coordination are necessary for every sport and are particularly relevant for cricket. Balance is needed to create a stable base for the batsman when lining up to hit the ball, and hand-eye coordination is needed for them to make contact with the ball when swinging their bat, as well as to be able to catch the ball after it has been hit. The development of balance and hand-eye coordination through play equipment provides a fun and engaging way to build these skills for later use. 

Swing sets also aid in this development of gross motor skills by teaching kids the necessary coordination and balance needed for them to propel themselves into the air. For a child to propel themself they must learn to use their muscles in a particular manner and timing to achieve this. These skills not only teach coordination of different muscles but timing as well. These motor skills are vital to a child’s development and are transferable to cricket through the skills of throwing and hitting the ball. As well as upper body strength, a great deal of coordination and timing is needed in order to know when to let go of the ball and when to move the bat to hit it. Achieving the perfect throw or hit in cricket takes time and practice so starting these skills from a young age through play equipment is vital. 

Incorporating equipment such as monkey bars, swing sets and climbing features into a child’s play equipment will aid them in developing strength and motor skills. By using the equipment children can develop various skills such as upper body strength, coordination and balance, in a fun and enjoyable manner. These skills are necessary for the development and are transferable to many aspects of life, they are particularly relevant for sports such as cricket. With the diverse range of positions in cricket, the sport requires many different skills such as hand-eye coordination, upper body strength and balance. These skills are necessary for the player to be able to swing a bat, hit the ball, catch a ball in the field and to accurately throw the ball towards the wicket. Due to the importance of these skills, they must be developed at a young age. Play equipment such as monkey bars and swing sets offer the perfect opportunity for children to develop these skills in a fun, safe and encouraging environment.

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