This post was sponsored by Landscape Structures as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central. All opinions expressed in my post are my own.
One of the best gifts that a parent can give their child is the gift of play. Putting down the electronics, going outside, and playing. With my job requiring me to be online for a large portion of my day, many would think that my children live a high-tech lifestyle, but we actually have the opposite. The minute that I had children, I knew that I wanted them to be outside as much as possible, digging in the dirt, climbing trees, and learning through play.
My younger son attends a Waldorf School where he learns by going on nature walks, draws his own textbooks, and has a no-tech learning environment at school. Ever since he has started at that school, he has been thriving and loving learning with a play-based educational approach.
One of my favorite things to do with my children is to take them to play at one of our local parks. We are so fortunate to have some of the most beautiful parks in California with many offering ocean views and some being located right on the beach.
I love sitting on the edge of the sandbox and watching my children become immersed in imaginary play. It doesn’t matter how old they have gotten, the minute that they step foot on a playground, they can be anything. They can be a princess trying to escape from her castle, a troll hiding under a bridge or anything that their imagination can think of becoming. At our parks, children learn problem-solving skills, social skills, leadership, and determination. Things that they can’t learn from a digital device or sitting in a classroom.
Three of my favorite parks in Orange County are Main Beach Park, Angel’s Playground and Alta Laguna Park. The three Landscape Structures playgrounds offer something different for children to explore. Angel’s Playground has been a long-time favorite for OC Moms because of a large amount of space between the structures for children to play and the large grass area complete with a pond and ducks. Main Beach Park is one of the most creative play structures in Orange County with it being a replica of the Main Beach lifeguard tower. The park is located right on Main Beach in Laguna, and families can play at the park and dip their toes in the Pacific Ocean. Then there is Alta Laguna Park that our family likes to hike to using the Aliso Woods Canyon Trail from Aliso Viejo to Laguna Beach.
It’s never too late to inspiring your children to learn through play. Turn the television off, put the gaming systems away, and enjoy a beautiful day with your children at one of our local parks. Find a Landscape Structures playground near you, and learn more about the creative play environments they are building on Facebook and Twitter.