Most kids looooove to swing! Ever wonder why? It's because it feels so darn good! Well, that is so very smart of the little ones to realize. Because it doesn't just FEEL good, it IS good for them! Swinging, and other similar movements, actually help the brain develop. Kids just may be smarter than we think!
When a child's brain is involved in a swinging motion, it actually is stimulated in the vestibular and proprioreceptive parts of the brain. This means that their brain will grow in this area. just by enjoying an activity that is fun. How cool is that?
When a baby is in their mother's womb, they get to experience a lot of motion. Just because the mom moves around. After a baby is born, they are kind of stuck being still, unless a caregiver provides them with motion. Why do you think a baby cries until they are picked up and rocked, or similar?! Because they CRAVE that type of motion.
However, their neediness is not without good reason. Lots of movement is so incredibly good for brain development.
We all want our little ones to have super well-developed brains, right?? So, let's give them the movement they crave!
As kids get older, we can simply take them to the park to get their movement on! Swinging, spinning, bouncing....all of these movements actually help their brain.
Lots of movement helps a child understand where their body is in space, and how to navigate this "space" correctly. These are important pre-learning skills and are absolutely NOT to be skipped.
You can think of these movement skills as being pre-requisites to academic skills. I can honestly say that time and time again, children who have issue with proprioreceptive development, or understanding their body in space, also have a hard time with academic development.
So, the more you can get your young child moving, the better off their brain will be to learn in the later years.
Okay, hurry up already! Go to the park!! Or at least swing your child around the living room with your own hands.
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