5 Reasons Why A Ball-Pit Is A Must Have
Ok, so a little while back, I went out and bought a Ball-Pit for Nanette-and well, myself. Who doesn’t love balls? Whether I come to regret this will be a matter of time (The balls roll everywhere!).
The benefits and uses
- Coordination: Playing with balls improves kids’ motor skills, hand-eye coordination, and timing, which are important parts of the developmental progression of toddlers. The skills children learn by playing with balls will also be important once they graduate to competitive play.
- Bonding: Rolling a ball back and forth is a way to build a social bond between two people (you and your baby, or your baby and a sibling or playmate). This turn-taking game is also an introduction to the concept of cause and effect.
- Vibrant Colours: Your child’s ability to recognize different colours gears up at around 18 months, around the same time they begin to notice similarities and differences in shape, size, and texture. Ball pits are a great activity for visual play. The variety of colours will help engage your child’s colour palette even if they can’t speak yet.
- It’s good therapy: Ball pits can stimulate people who are developmentally delayed, neurologically involved or living with cognitive disorders such as autism. They are also known to have the opposite calming effect on those who require relaxation.
- It’s Freaking Fun: Kids will dive in and have fun. They love to swim and crawl through the balls. They even have fun tossing the balls around. Ball pits provide children with a number of opportunities to foster learning.
What about hygiene?
Ball pits outside the home can be filled with germs. If you take your child to a ball pit at a play centre, always remember to wash their hands after each use. The great thing about getting a home ball pit is you know who uses it. If there is a play date over for the afternoon, just make sure everyone washes theirs hands and that includes you as well. Hope you learnt about 5 reasons why I think a Ball-pit is a must have for every household. Happy playtime!