Play in any form is so important, but for our family, we’ve really been focusing on inclusive play. Read on to see why and how you can locate a Landscape Structures inclusive play area near you.
Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Landscape Structures as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own.
We spend a lot of time at parks during the summer and on nice weekends in the fall and wither. Lately, we have been looking for playgrounds that are my dynamic and offer inclusive play features. Inclusive Play goes beyond having accessible play areas. It focuses on age and developmental appropriate structures and sensory-stimulating activities.
Landscape Structures creates amazing inclusive play structures. They believe that through inclusive play, kids will learn life lessons like leadership, persistence, support and empathy. One of the reasons that we choose these inclusive play areas by Landscape Structures is so that our children are exposed to challenging experiences and imaginative play. I see my children consistently working together and with other kids of different abilities to create games, scale equipment and problem solve.
Another aspect that I love about inclusive play is that ALL children of all abilities are encouraged to play and each Landscape Structures play area focuses on creating diverse social communities. From swings, to slides, to climbing areas and more, Landscape Structures believes that all children are equal and encourage play to help everyone grow and enjoy playtime.
We have visited 3 Landscape Structures inclusive play parks and all of them have a common theme. Bright colors, sensory areas, age appropriate areas and of course accessibility. Landscape Structures go above and beyond the ADA requirements to provide more than just wheelchair ramps. They take into account not just physical abilities, but social, sensory and cognitive. This is so beneficial to every child as they are able to experience the play area in different ways with many people who come from different backgrounds.
Some of the best things we can do as parents is to expose our children to challenges, differences and imaginative play. We love going to these inclusive play areas because our children always meet someone new. They occasionally see children or even adults who may be different from their typical playmates and they are able to learn and grow with those people too. I find so much value in my child seeing the world from a different perspective, but also embracing the ability to include everyone and be a leader both on and off the playground.
Sensory Awareness Month
This October is Sensory Awareness Month. This is a time for parents, educators, physicians and really anyone to rally around the sensory community to spread awareness of sensory processing and how it can affect children and adults. This is a great time for parents to talk with their children about their senses and how other people’s senses may differ and explain how we all experience the world different with our senses.
It would also be a fantastic time to head out to your local inclusive play area and let them experience all that these play areas have to offer. Allowing them to also experience the world using all their senses, while meeting new people and enjoying being outside and fostering those dreamers, thinkers and leaders to see the world from different perspectives.