It has never been more important to encourage children to get outdoors and play. It is estimated in a recent study that children ages 5 – 16 spend, on average, 6 and half hours in front of a screen per day. This increase in a sedentary lifestyle and screen time is damaging our children’s health and well-being. Not only is it increasing the rate of childhood obesity and related illnesses like diabetes, but also children spending more than 2 hours in front of a screen or device per day have reported issues with concentrating; developing language skills; and attention span.
Encouraging children to play outdoors, away from screens and to be more active has never been more important to aiding their development. Getting outdoors in the fresh air not only gets them active but also gives children new experiences. There are many other benefits to children playing outside, such as a development in strength and coordination, and children are also more likely to build in their confidence and social skills. Playing in the outdoors without the stimulus of a screen to distract the children also leads to more imaginative play, which encourages creativity and creates independence, as they are no longer relying on a virtual world for their experiences.
However, we all know the challenges with getting out and about all year round with the British weather being so unpredictable. Luckily, Fawns has a great range of shades and shelters offering all year-round protection from the elements for children on the playground. Children’s delicate skin can be protected from the sun’s harmful rays with our Sailaway range, which can be added at ease to provide a shelter above the play area so as to not inhibit the activities and fun that they can have.
Our pergolas and lean to shelters also provide an excellent way in which to ensure that children are both safe from the sun, while still staying active and having a good time. As well as this, a lot of Fawns outdoor play equipment and structures are made from wood, such as the adventure range, which is made from timber. This will avoid getting too hot to touch or play on in the summer, allowing children to have fun and stay active all year round.
For more wintery conditions, children and parents can continue with outdoor activities under Fawns range of gazebo’s, pergolas and waterproof structures. These structures will both keep your children safe and dry in the cold or wet weather, as well as provide a further landscape for their imaginative play to run wild in. Of course, these same structures continue to be handy all year round as they also allow shelter and shade for your children once it starts becoming warmer.
Fawns also provide a variety of playground surfaces to choose from, all of which will help keep children safe all year round while they continue to play outside. For example, the bark flooring of a loose-fill playground won’t become too slippery or wet for children to run around on in winter, but it also won’t become too hot in the hotter months. Other examples of year-round surfacing includes the Duralawn, which, while still looking realistic and adds an authentic feel to a child’s outdoor play experience, it is also weather resistant and so will avoid getting muddy or overly wet in the winter.
If you need help with creating an outdoor play area suitable for all weather conditions get in touch with Fawns, the experts in playground design and build.