Kuala Lumpur is brimming with a lot of green, outdoor spaces for kids to play and explore. For instance, the KLCC Playground, Butterfly Farm and KL Bird Park are one of the most top places wherein you see a lot of parents with their kids. While outdoor play is very good children, there are many benefits to indoor activities for kids as well. Here are four of them.
- Kids benefit from improved thinking skills through active play. In a 2014 study, a team of American researchers found that children (aged between 7
and 9) who play for at least 70 minutes a day showed improvements in their thinking skills. The biggest improvements were in the children’s ability to multitask. This particular student studied the effects of a 9-month school program called Fitness Improves Thinking in Kids (FITKids) conducted by the University of Illinois. While active play can be done both outdoors and indoors, there are many sports activities that can be done indoors and away from the harsh UV rays and pollution, but still deliver the same benefits.
- Kids benefit from more toy choices. In a 2012 study, researchers found that giving kids more toy choices increased their levels of physical play; with the highest surge seen among girls. Moreover, indoor play also allows children to master games in a safe environment. This increased opportunity to master new skills also improved their physical play. The research about this was published in the Journal of Science and Medicine in Sports.
- Kids benefit from playing with others. Most indoor play areas are communal, which means more playmates for your children. Bringing your kids to an environment where they are exposed to other children from all walks of life help develop social skills and positive traits such as patience, humility, cooperation and sharing. It also helps them develop good communication skills.
- Kids benefit from imaginative play. Imaginative play is where children get the chance to play roles that they want in the future. It’s a great way to expose your kids to various roles and act out several activities involved in that specific role. For instance, KidZania is a great and safe place for kids to imagine what they want to be in the future.
Indoor Learning Variety is the spice of life. To keep your children entertained, it is advisable to expose them to both the benefits of indoor and outdoor play. This way, your children will never become bored of active play and you, as parents, will never run out of places to bring your kids to for fun and learning.