Serious Fun: How Play Time Engages Your Child’s Mind, Body, and Social Skills

Boy playing with ball on Foamnasium foam floor pillow.

Kids need to play. It’s not just something that they like to do, it is imperative to their health and growth. The activities that a child engages are opportunities to spur them on to a better future. And as such, it is vital that constructive forms of play be encouraged from an early age. One such activity is imaginative play. Pretend worlds and make-believe scenarios are a staple of childhood. However, a 2017 article from Psychology Today notes that there is also a distinct correlation between this form of recreation and advanced social skills. They comment that the role assignments and negotiations inherent in building these scenarios “are helpful in practicing social skills and building a repertoire of strategies for interacting with others."

Another area of importance is block play which has been shown to build spatial awareness. This gives your child a solid foundation for future exposure to the academic disciplines such as of science and mathematics. Additionally, children must engage in various forms of active play.  Perhaps the most fundamental aspect of a kid’s free time is the physical activity that they engage in. The CDC aptly notes that “Regular physical activity in childhood and adolescence is important for promoting lifelong health and well-being and preventing various health conditions.” 

At Foamnasium, we consider all aspects of play when we design our specialty foam furniture and building toys. Packages like our Block Party and Puzzle Floor specifically target your child’s spatial reasoning, while active-play sets such as the Tunnel of Fun are perfect for building the fantasy world of your child’s imagination. All the while, each product encourages your youngster to enjoy physical activity in a fun and safe environment. By engaging all of the senses we hope to empower them to develop the skills that they need for success.