Do seesaws really need an introduction? Apart from swings, everyone has been to a playground and have encountered one in some form or another. Sadly, seesaws are facing a decline in popularity due to heightening safety standards. But just because the local playground has decommissioned seesaws doesn’t mean your child has to do without. The most common types of seesaw seen in a playground features a wooden board balanced in the center and can be sat on either ends. It also has grips on each side for safety purposes. Here are the benefits of getting a seesaw for your children.
When You Have More Than Two Children
The moment you have more than two children is the moment you and your spouse are outnumbered and babysitting starts to resemble an Olympic sport. In this event, having a seesaw will aid in managing the situation. Stick two children on a seesaw and let it occupy them while you and your spouse can handle another child or other responsibilities. If you have just two children, playing on the seesaw is a good activity that will free up time for you and your spouse some peace to prepare dinner.
Keeps your kid occupied when you are tired
Seesaws are a toy that requires minimum engagement to enjoy. If you are tired from a day of work or a night without sleep, all you have to do is put your toddler on one end of the seesaw and occupy the other seat yourself. From there on out, you can simultaneously zone out and spend quality bonding time with your child.
Encourages collaborative play and patience
Other than keeping your kids occupied for a long time, seesaws are great at encouraging collaborative play and patience. This is because; they require coordination and balance between two different children in order for it to work. They also get to develop their core upper body strength and lower body strength as they move the seesaw up and down. It helps them have a better understanding of motion through space, body balance, and even risk assessment. On the other hand, if your friends bring their children over, the seesaw will come in handy. The children can congregate around the seesaw set and free your friend up for a proper chat.
Once your child becomes an adult, the time spent together will be lessened as they might be off to university or might have moved away because of work. So, it is important to spend as much time together while they are still young, and seesaws are a great and fun way to improve parent-child bonding. As they grow up, you still can remember all the good times you spent on it with your children.
Rewarding your child
It is important to reward your child once in a while. The best feature of the playground is now standing in the yard of the house. The seesaw might cost a pretty penny but a child’s joy is priceless.