Don’t kid yourself: A garden trampoline is not just another (really big) backyard toy, but can serve a great purpose in your child’s physical development. The movements that children make on a trampoline require them to coordinate their body parts, keep their balance, react quickly, stay on beat, and be aware of their position on the trampoline at all times. All these abilities and traits are necessary for our physical development, self-image, and sense-perception when we grow up. Read on to learn more about the benefits of trampoline jumping.
Fitness in disguise
Trampoline jumping increases the heartrate and is hard exercise disguised as joyous play. It is such fun physical fitness for kids, and they often don’t even realise it! This way trampoline workout is perfect for children who don’t like other kinds of sports activities.
With the instable trampoline floor constantly moving, children must be aware of their centre of gravity at all times. The balance that they learn on a trampoline strengthens their muscles and can possibly improve their posture.
As children learn to control the movement of their body, it can help them to learn other things too and improve different mental aspects of their lives. There are three major brain-boosting benefits to trampoline bouncing:
Jumping up and down teaches balance and coordination, and can lead to a higher degree of academic success. Many children experience an improvement in their learning success when they use a trampoline regularly. They learn to control movement of the body, gain more muscle control and coordination skills, and this can help them to learn other things too. Along the way they also improve their concentration. Balancing, bouncing, and predicting the next appropriate move, requires both physical and mental multi-tasking and can help children improve their attention span.
Children can gain confidence as they learn new skills on the trampoline. When they master new skills, they can improve their self-image and in turn, this can help strengthen their success at school.
It often takes many tries to master a skill on the trampoline. Anyone with the slightest knowledge of children will know that patience is not their strongest suit. However jumping on a trampoline is so much fun that children will often persist until they know the move to perfection. This teaches the important lesson that doing something right is well worth the effort.
Don’t forget to always keep an eye on the children when they are on the trampoline and to comply with safety regulations for trampolines: Never allow more than one person to jump at a time and don’t permit children to do stunts, such as somersaults or flips. Read more about trampoline safety.