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The Developmental Benefits of a Slide

Posted by Kinsey Harris on

Our toddlers are growing very fast day by day and do u know what they really need to grow? Physical and Mental stimulation. The Developmental Benefits of a Slide are numerous and they can be an amazing tool for kids. 

Slide chutes have many different designs: Straight, wavy, spiral, parallel and tunnel are some well-known variations of playground slide chutes. When placed in a well-constructed playground design, they are known to be one of the most popular playground attractions for children, but they also have a number of other great benefits. Let's look at three of the biggest benefits for adding a slide to your playground!

3 Developmental Benefits of a Slide:

  • Promotes Balance and Coordination: As children grow, before they can independently enjoy the rush of the ‘slide’, they usually need to climb to the top. When a child climbs up a slide and then successfully positions and pushes themselves down the chute, they are building valuable balance and coordination skills. Additionally, it helps your child to develop spacial awareness, as they have to judge when it is a good time to slide and when to put their feet down once they reach the bottom of the chute.
  • Increases Stretching and Flexibility: As your little ones grasp the rungs of the ladder, they are strengthening the muscles in their hands and fingers as well as stretching their body out to reach for that next step. This motion increases stretching and flexibility.
  • Encourages Positive Social Skill Development: Everyone always wants to use the slide! Why? Because they're so much fun! At a busy playground, the slide is always the focus of most of the attention, which means there will always be a bit of a wait to use it. When kids are playing together, the slide is a great way to help children learn important social skills like cooperative play, sharing, taking turns, and learning patience and tolerance of others' skills and physical abilities. These skills will have a lasting impact on their social interactions as they continue to develop, and all they know is that they're having a great time!

Now that you know so much more about slides and all of the benefits they bring to your children, you can shop for your playground slide with confidence!


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