Once toddlers have overcome the initial fear of actually sitting on playground springers and start rocking, their brains and bodies will go through amazing developmental processes. Instantly they will be riding a horse, a dragon, a car or an elephant and their imagination will run wild. As they get older and stronger they will rock faster and faster. Every time a toddler rides on playground springers they are improving their muscle strength and spatial awareness.
The wobbly nature of playground springers means that a child has to rely on their own muscle strength to stay on. Children have to be able to grip the handles sufficiently to be able to rock and hold on tight. The rest of their bodies are used to balance and create the force necessary to pull the springer into action. Pulling the handles to create the rocking action strengthens the core muscles in the body.
Playground springers help children to improve their fine motor skills by strengthening grip and arm muscles. Strengthening the core muscles and the neck muscles enable children to be able to sit up straight and manoeuvre a pencil as they learn to write.
Believe it or not, when a toddler is rocking in a frenzy they are actually stimulating their inner ear through a process called vestibular stimulation. Information about the world around them is processed by the vestibular in the inner ear.
If a toddler is grumpy tired and still compliant, riding on playground springers will help their brains decide if they want to play or fall asleep. The rocking motion is very comforting and the combination of the energy required to rock and the effect of vestibular stimulation can calm children down.
Playground springers allow children to play without their parents constantly supervising them all of the time. Once a child is able to climb onto a springer all by themselves and rock confidently, they will feel very grown up indeed. They will attract the attention of other small children and will learn how to share the springer.
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