Bouncy castles have been around for years, with larger versions normally up for use at fairs and carnivals while smaller versions can be rented or purchased for home use. While even adults have to admit they are pretty fun to jump around in, are there really any benefits of bouncy castles for kids? You bet!
One of the main benefits of bouncy castles for kids is the fact that it is a great way to encourage exercise or help with weight loss. Even children that have a normal body weight still need regular exercise and trying to create an exercise routine for a child is almost impossible.
While kids will need a little bit of adult supervision, they can basically bounce on their own and the recommended 20 to 30 minutes of exercise a day, three times a week can easily be achieved. Shoot, my boys could go outside and bounce for an hour. They come in drenched and HAPPY!
For some extra fun, add soft plastic balls or stuffed animals to the bouncy castle. Let the craziness begin!
Promotes Social Interaction
Children can obviously enjoy themselves while jumping alone, but bouncy castles tend to attract other children for what seems like miles around. Who doesn’t love having someone to play with? It’s the perfect excuse to get together with friends.
Of course, kids will need to learn to take turns, play well with each other and also be conscious of their actions as to not bump into each other while playing. Clear rules should be explained about how many kids can be on at one time and any other rules, like whether or not shoes are allowed, etc.
Wonderful Sensory Outlet
Some kids just need to jump! Actually, their internal sensory system needs it. My boys’ systems certainly do! We keep a mini trampoline in the family room throughout the whole year. Bouncing can be a terrific way to self-regulate, whether that’s for calming down or waking up your system.
Gets Kids Outside
Yes, we all have days we just can’t seem to get the kids outside. With a jumpy, there isn’t much cajoling in getting them to burn off some energy. Go enjoy the sunshine, get in some exercise and enjoy the fresh air.
And speaking of getting the kids outside, get yourself outside while you’re at it!