Now that the summer is here, it is time to turn off the TV, put down the tablets and smartphones, and help encourage your children to get outside and enjoy the great outdoors. Spending time outside of the house and in the fresh air helps give your child an appreciation for nature and helps ensure he or she will live a healthier lifestyle full of physical activity.
Sadly, however, not all children across the country have the same ability to enjoy these simple pleasures of childhood; in fact, many, if not all, of the 16 million children living in poverty nationwide are missing out on the childhood they deserve, one in which they have the opportunity to head out to the playground and have fun with their friends.
Because of this unfortunate reality, Imagine Toys® has partnered with KaBOOM!, a national non-profit dedicated to ensuring children have access to active play, to create the Go Out and Play Collection, a set of toys meant to promote fun and physical activity. By purchasing one of these toys, you are helping to support KaBOOM!, as well as the millions of children nationwide who benefit from this non-profit organization’s activities.
The Benefits of KaBOOM!
What, exactly, is the purpose of the KaBOOM! organization? As mentioned before, too many children are robbed of the childhood they deserve, one in which kids can be kids and enjoy parks and playgrounds throughout the nation. Furthermore, many children, especially those living in poverty, don’t have positive role models in their lives who are prepared to advocate on their behalf and help encourage a healthy lifestyle.
As such, KaBOOM! takes certain actions to help facilitate active play for these millions of kids across the country. Specifically, KaBOOM! does so in three different ways. First, the organization helps create and establish positive places to play across the country, with the belief that cities need to be designed with opportunities to play everywhere. In addition, the non-profit empowers and inspires influential leaders whose task is to protect and promote play in their areas. Finally, KaBOOM! aims to change the conversation on play as well, elevating the specific movement through the use of education and thought leadership regarding the importance of play for children.
How Does the Go Out and Play Collection Help Kids?
How then does the Go Out and Play collection help millions of kids across the nation each time you make a purchase? To provide for children in impoverished communities nationwide, Imagine Toys® takes a minimum of eight percent of each purchase made to the Go Out and Play collection and contributes it to the KaBOOM! organization. Ultimately, this means that by surprising your children with gifts like the Grom Pogo Stick or the Ready, Set, Stilts, you are also helping facilitate play for other children in need across the country. This allows you and your children to feel a sense of self-accomplishment by helping to support this wonderful organization that is dedicated to furthering the play movement in the United States.
The Importance of Play for Children
Is playing, especially outside, really that important for children? To be sure, KaBOOM! mentions that only one in four adolescents get the recommended 60 minutes of physical activity or active play per day, with the number of younger kids only slightly higher. But why, though, does this matter? Are there other benefits to outdoor play besides allowing children a few minutes of fun?
In reality, outdoor play has significant benefits beyond pure fun. For one, allowing children to play outdoors with their friends helps encourage physical activity throughout life, which can aid in fending off obesity in childhood and later on. In addition, it has been shown that physical activity is helpful to combat other issues such as depression or mental illness. Furthermore, active play helps develop specific attributes, such as problem-solving, resilience, empathy, and overall creativity, all necessities for a successful life.
What are some of the easiest ways to encourage your children to play? Of course, you can always bring home outdoor toys, like the Polka Hop, to get started. Or, you can surprise them with the Go Out and Play! Backpack by KaBOOM! or the Go Out and Play! Book, both of which are meant to help the children use their imaginations to facilitate play.
And, of course, you can always head outdoors with your child and act as a positive role model, demonstrating the importance of play for individuals of all ages.
Have Fun with Outdoor Play This Summer
This year, do your part to support outdoor active play for kids across the country. Simply make a purchase from the Go Out and Play collection and help improve the lives of millions of kids in the United States.