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Encourage Child Development Through Physical Activity

Children Playing BasketballThe world has become a highly competitive place that parents are pushing their children harder academically. In spite of the reality of the world, children — especially toddlers ages five and below — should have the time to play and explore their environment. Activities done on climbing frames, water troughs, and the rest of the environment can nurture creative and exploring minds, which ultimately help with academics later on.

Different physical activities lend to the development of a child’s mind, and they need these to excel academically. Remember that learning isn't only in the four corners of the classroom.


Crawling will be one of the first things your child learns. Later on, they also master other skills related to it such as holding their head up. They even learn to crawl over small obstacles that they face. Crawling, and other skills, such as walking and stair climbing, all lead to your child learning how to face what's in front of them on their own.


Climbing on climbing frames develops your child’s brain immensely. Your child gains an awareness of where their body parts are and what they can do with them. Your child also learns about directions, problem-solving, and predicting what can happen in a climb. All of these skills contribute to flexible thinking that helps in the classroom, too.

Other Activities

Encourage your child to do other activities, such as playing on a swing or on overhead equipment and even having some free play. Playing ball games also develops your child’s brain in terms of motor coordination and object manipulation. Your child also performs critical thinking, problem-solving, and strategising.

Your child can already learn numerous skills at the playground of parks and preschool centres. You can make sure that your child experiences their fair share of physical activity. The more your child develops through physical play, the more you prepare your child for academics.