You may remember growing up in a home with a large backyard and garden, large enough for you to run around all day and never get tired. Or you may remember, having large public parks or sprawling fields where you played with your friends, carefree and without constraint. That does sound like a distant time, doesn’t it? Gone are those days. Mostly.
If you live in a conurbation, you may have noticed a few things. Houses are often not nearly as large as they used to be, as a result of an increasing population and its consequent higher demand for living spaces. Also, technology- television, video games, mobile phones and the internet have largely proliferated homes and gotten kids glued to one screen or another.
But these shifts in habitation and lifestyle can have adverse effects on kids. Not only can these result in physical issues for growing children, they may also affect their optimum mental and psychosocial development. While outdoor sports and activities play a crucial role in the development of children, indoor play areas can be just as important.
A great home is one that ostensibly correctly anticipates and caters to the needs of its residents. And so, when building a home for a family- especially a growing family- that includes the parents and the children.
Having established these important facts, let us get to four reasons why your home should have an indoor play area for kids.
- Keeps them Active and Healthy
Put quite simply, kids who engage in regular physical activity grow healthier- physically, mentally, psychosocially. Play areas within the home or compound could have slides, balls, trampolines, hoops etc. In addition, if indoor play areas are fitted with educative games and toys, kids would be more likely to excel academically too.
- Encourages Creativity
Kids are naturally curious and highly imaginative as they explore the world around them. A play area that allows them explore this curiosity and imagination in a safe and secure environment ultimately helps them increase their creativity.
- Safety and Security
An indoor play area, especially one with installed CCTV, enables parents monitor kids and know what they are up to and tell if they are in danger- something that may not be possible if kids are in a remote location, playing unsupervised. In addition, most indoor play areas use equipment that is soft and padded to create a safe area and avoid kids injuring themselves.
- Increases Home Value
On a scale of 1 – 10 (10 being excruciatingly agonising pain), stepping on a Lego brick easily scores an 11. When kids do not have a dedicated play area, they may have their toys strewn around and that may lead to home accidents. Also, because there’s no telling what mischief a kid with a crayon can get to on the walls, prospective home buyers or those looking to rent- especially when they are growing families, value homes that care to include dedicated play areas for children that allow kids express their inner Picasso without damaging or defacing the home.
An indoor lay area for kids is always a great investment. Even when kids outgrow the need for an indoor play area, it can be converted to another use. You can never go wrong with this.
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I’m glad this is getting more attention. Kids also deserve their play space in a home