During their childhood, kids go through an influential growth period. How they develop during this time will impact the rest of their lives. It’s important to nurture their physical, social, and mental development. One way to do so is to have them complete obstacle courses. To learn more about how obstacle courses help kids, continue reading.
Navigating through the many obstructions involved in an obstacle course will require a fair amount of coordination. By crawling below barriers, jumping over them, or maneuvering their way around them, children will learn to move their body parts in conjunction with each other to get through the course. As a result, their coordination will likely improve.
Some obstacles require multiple people to complete. If this is the case, children will have to learn how to productively work together, so they can reach the end of the course. This will help improve their ability to properly communicate with one another and will surely help them with social situations in their life.
Refined motor skills
Obstacle courses help children refine both their gross and fine motor skills. To improve their fine motor skills in an obstacle course, they may untie a series of knots or complete a puzzle before they can move onto the next challenge. In addition, their gross motor skills may be strengthened as they jump, roll, and move around obstacles. Developing both of these skills is important to help children gain strength and confidence in their body.
Diversified sensory input
To complete an obstacle course, children will often encounter a variety of different sensory inputs. These may include linear, sagittal, proprioceptive, and rotary inputs. When they engage with these different inputs, they can learn how to adjust to different situations more quickly and efficiently.
When kids go through an obstacle course multiple times, they will need to utilize their memory to recall the order of the obstacles and anticipate each challenge. They’ll also have to remember how to complete each task in the most-efficient manner possible. Recalling these memories will help them complete the course quicker and teach them the importance of retaining relevant information.
If you want to get your child involved with obstacle courses, New England Bounce About has several safe and fun options to choose from. Our inflatable obstacle courses allow kids to climb, crawl, and slide down a series of obstacles all within a safe, cushioned setting. Check out our wide selection of inflatable obstacle course rentals in CT and NY today.