Swing sets are a fundamental part of any school, residential or commercial playground. Swings are one of the most simple and beloved pieces of playground equipment, with a versatile range that is suitable for infants, toddlers, children, and even adults! Certain swings can also be inclusive and handicap-accessible because everyone benefits from and deserves to play!
This infographic from aaastateofplay.com explores the unique physical, mental, emotional, social, and cognitive benefits that swings provide. Swing sets develop key motor skills. For example, children must pump their legs (gross motor skills) and clutch the chain (fine motor skill) to keep momentum and gain height.
The swaying motion of swings nourishes a child’s developing nervous system with proprioceptive, vestibular, and visual stimulation. The back-and-forth motion of swings is believed to stimulate the cerebral cortex, aiding focus. This may explain why recess helps boost academic performance. Swings also help children develop spatial awareness, balance, and rhythm.