As an infant becomes a toddler, they will need to learn how to use their hands and eyes to perform tasks that require hand and eye coordination. They should be able to see and reach for objects. They need to learn to walk, talk, and play alone and with others.
These fine motor skills can be developed by children who use soft play equipment indoors. Many commercial soft play equipment manufacturers provide unique and interesting soft play games for toddlers.
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A slide into a pool of balls is one example of soft play equipment. We see the fun of the children sliding into the ball pool, but we don't always consider the skills required to complete this activity.
The child must climb the steps to reach the top of the slide. The child will need to balance and be able to place their hands and feet in the correct positions to climb. Although we think of climbing as a natural movement, it is something that you can learn. Learning to climb is made safer by soft play areas.
Once the child has reached the top of the slide, they will need to sit down to allow them to slide into the pool below. As they slide down, they learn how to balance their bodies. They can slide down headfirst if they try to lean forward too often, but once they have the correct balance they can make sliding seem like a breeze.