Benefits Of A Trampoline For Kids
It’s not too hard to admit that trampolining is great fun, not only for children but also adults who love it as well. Can you ever remember the last time that you saw a child on a trampoline without a big huge smile on their faces?
Did you know that trampolines have significant health and developmental benefits for children, and what is even better is that they are not even aware that they are growing and learning simultaneously?
1. Coordination and Motor Skills development
While motor skills and coordination come extremely naturally to some kids, not all children achieve the same level of proficiency. Trampoline use can provide an increase in coordination and motor skills development for children, and this is one of the main benefits of regular trampoline use for children.
As a result of trampolining, children are able to develop gross motor skills. Gross motor skills involve the use of large muscles and body parts (legs, arms, torso and back).
2. Improves children’s self-esteem
Your child might have low self-esteem if they tend to be withdrawn and avoid trying new things. Low self-esteem often prevents children from trying new things and causing them to doubt that they can succeed.
By using a trampoline, kids can gain confidence and gradually achieve a higher bounce with time and practice. You will often hear kids say things like “look what I can do on the trampoline” or ‘mum look at me, look how high I can bounce’.
As a result of these verbal cues, trampolines have been shown to be effective tools for improving self-esteem and self-confidence in children. Which has been shown in a project run by Epping Forest Council with Primary Schools and trampolines.
3. Trampolining improves posture
As well as improving coordination and developing skills, trampolines can also improve posture and provide the foundation for growth in the future. When kids are standing or performing, they hold their bodies and limbs in a certain position, this is known as posture.
Using a trampoline regularly helps to build stronger muscles, including those in the back and stomach. As a result, those muscles are able to better support the spine, thus helping to prevent and even reverse posture problems.
4. Social skills develop naturally
Social skills can be naturally developed with trampolines. You will see that when you allow more than one child to use a trampoline at the same time, they are naturally interacting and having a great time together. This encourages bonding between children and allows them to practice social skills at the same time.
In the social skills box of trampoline benefits, kids can greatly benefit from respecting themselves and others, and for improving communication skills.
One child at a time on a trampoline encourages a ‘who’s turn is it next?’ approach that means that your child learns what waiting means, what their turn means and encourages sharing of specific items.
5. Regular exercise
Physical activity has its own benefits for children, as it can help them develop strong bones, lower their risk of developing health problems, and keep their heart and lungs strong. Owning a trampoline comes with many advantages.
Using a trampoline for exercise allows children to move around and use their muscles. In order to encourage regular exercise and have your children spend more time in the garden, a trampoline could be a great way to get them outside. A study published in the “Journal of Applied Physiology” shows that it’s a better form of exercise than running.
Trampolining is an excellent way to encourage your child’s balance, since they will be exercising it as they stand, move, bounce, and exit. When used regularly, trampolines are great for improving balance. The trampoline is ideal for developing standing and movement skills for your child if they struggle with them.
7. Stress Reduction
Trampolining, aka rebounding, lowers stress hormones like cortisol, and increases feel-good chemicals called endorphins in the body. You can also distract yourself from problems just by bouncing and having so much fun.
Do you think we forgot the best part about owning a trampoline? No way! A trampoline in the garden is the best thing ever, according to every child. Bounce about all day and have parties in the garden with your friends and family. You can even set up a sunken in-ground trampoline, if you wanted to.