This post is sponsored by the Voice of Play.
There’s a middle school with a playground not even 2 blocks from where we live. We’re lucky that, especially during the summer when the school is closed and grounds are quiet, we can walk there anytime and play. There’s usually not many others around, just us.
I’m thankful for this playground, because I know how hard it can be to get kids outside during the summer. Televisions, computers and cell phones can taunt kids to stay indoors. I know my boys would usually rather stay inside and get lost in a video game. This is why International Play Equipment Manufacturers Association (IPEMA) and the Voice of Play want to promote activities and ideas that get kids and their parents outside playing!
And while it can be difficult to get my kids outside, they do love going to this playground. They swing and run around and completely forget about video games for the time we’re there. It’s a great way to burn off some of their pent-up energy and get some much needed exercise. Even our dog comes along, too. We let him loose and he runs through the grass like a kid.
So on this, the first day of summer, what better way to celebrate than with a trip to the local playground? Get those kids outside and make it a summer of play! Believe me, they’ll thank you for it.
About the Voice of Play
The Voice of Play is an education and advocacy initiative of the non-profit membership association, IPEMA, formed to educate and promote the benefits of children’s free outdoor play and playgrounds. Through the Voice of Play website and social media properties, IPEMA highlights the scientifically proven physical, social, emotional and cognitive benefits of play.