Exercise and exergaming can be beneficial for building social skills in kids by providing opportunities for interaction, teamwork, communication, and the development of important interpersonal abilities. Recently we were able to take part in a full Exergame room experience at the YMCA of Skagit Valley.
Here we were able to talk with their Executive Director on the benefits for a variety of programs. Including things like summer camp, after school care, and so much more! One of the key benefits he has already seen has been the social development skills of teens and kids using the equipment. Here’s how these activities can contribute to the development of social skills in children
- Teamwork and Cooperation: Many forms of exercise, such as team sports or group fitness classes, require kids to work together with their peers. In team-based activities, children learn to cooperate, collaborate, and coordinate their efforts towards a common goal. This fosters a sense of unity and helps kids understand the importance of working as part of a team.
- Communication Skills: Exergaming and group exercise often involve verbal and non-verbal communication. Children must communicate with their peers, coaches, or instructors to understand the rules of the game, coordinate movements, and provide encouragement. This helps them develop effective communication skills, including listening, speaking, and understanding non-verbal cues.
- Social Bonding: Exergaming and group exercise can help kids form friendships and create social bonds. These shared experiences can lead to lasting friendships and a sense of belonging, which is important for overall social development.
- Healthy Competition: Competitive elements in exercise and exergaming can teach kids about sportsmanship and the importance of fair play. They learn how to win graciously and lose with dignity, which are valuable social skills.
Exercise and exergaming offer various opportunities for kids to develop and enhance their social skills. These activities promote teamwork, communication, empathy, and cooperation, while also fostering a sense of self-esteem and belonging. Encouraging children to engage in these activities can contribute to their overall social development and well-being.