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Why Do Children Love Getting Into A Spin?

Posted on: December 21, 2015


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Toddlers do it, puppies do it and crazy adults playing drinking games do it – we all love spinning around in circles until we get dizzy.  My son used to purposely run round in circles saying he was trying to make himself dizzy before collapsing onto the sofa.  Another favourite activity is spinning on an office chair and we have all had great fun making playground roundabouts go faster and faster.

Why do we like spinning? Being the peculiar creatures we are – we just like the giddy feeling spinning causes.  As well as causing the state of the brain to temporarily change, spinning stimulates part of the brain that trains the body how to balance – this is called vestibular stimulation.  The same part of the brain is trained through swinging, hanging upside down and rocking.

Children are completely unaware that so many scientific things are happening to their brains when they spin because they just do it for pure enjoyment.  When your toddler decides that it it is is time for vestibular stimulation make sure that you encourage them to do it where they cannot get hurt or break your favourite vase. There are a number of ways you can get into a spin and have extra fun at the same time:-

  1. Roll down banking – choose one that is not too steep without too many obstacles in the way.
  2. Go on a playground roundabout – they are really safe now and some even have space for wheelchairs.
  3. Go on a fairground ride like the carousel or the waltzers if you are extra daring.
  4. Spin around when you are dancing, spread your arms out for more balance.
  5. Go Zorbing – this is a spinning activity for grown ups but try it if you dare.

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And for those of you who are curious about what the drinking game is (and what your teenage sons maybe up to) here is a video clip of what I am talking about.

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