This post was sponsored by Landscape Structures as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central. All opinions expressed in my post are my own.
ME: “B, come on let’s go outside.”
B: “Mom, my name is NOT B. I am Saver Girl.”
ME: “Oh, of course, how could I forget? Ok, Saver Girl it’s time to go outside.”
B: “Ok, first I need my shoes though. I need to run really fast to save the world.”
To say that everyday with my two little ones is an adventure is an understatement. I never know who we will be rescuing, what we will be building, or where we will be traveling. And as much as we enjoy playing inside during the winter, any day that has decent weather, you will find us outside! 40 in January in Wisconsin? We are outside all day! So when we had a sunny day with a high of 60, you can bet we soaked it in at our local playground, aka Elsa’s Castle all day long! Winter boots were off and sneakers were on!
We love going to the playground, and even though it is an effort to get out the door, I am always so happy we went! The kids run, climb, swing, and slide to their heart’s content and their imaginations run wild! Afterwards, I am left with happy and tired kids ready for a nice walk in the stroller home. And the teacher part of me loves knowing that our time at the park is helping their brains develop and their muscles grow stronger, and fostering collaboration, persistence, support, and empathy.
It might look like child’s play; but learning how to scale a climbing wall, how to pump your legs on the swings, or balance on the tippy bridge is helping them develop key skills they will need for adulthood–team work, persistence, bravery, and empathy.
Landscape Structures has partnered with University of Minnesota’s Institute of Childhood Development to learn more about how play aids in whole-child development. Find your local Landscape Structures playground here (and I will tell you from experience that is the only way I have made mom friends!) Meeting at our local playground is a weekly social outing of importance for me and the kids!
Bonus points if you can name which song she is singing!
So next time a princess is in danger of being eaten by the evil dragon under the slide, don’t laugh–breathe some fire instead! Heck, chasing princesses is a good workout–just further evidence that playgrounds benefit people of all ages! And if the prince falls down off his horse on the see-saw, encourage him to get right back on! The townspeople are waiting! And now I have to go. Saver Girls says it is time for a puppet show!