In the past kids were already content on flying kites on a warm summer day. The thrill of building one from scratch and pulling it to fly is just so immense that kite festivals have sprung up in all corners of the globe. Today, while many kids still make and fly kites, a greater number now prefer drones. These superbly designed miniature flying machines have clearly replaced the kite as a kid’s favorite flying toy; and for good reason. Here are some of the well-known benefits of drones for kids.
- Enhances problem solving skills
Contrary to what many people believe, flying a drone takes a lot of cognitive skills as the flyer will have to mentally assess a variety of environmental and atmospheric conditions that might affect the flight of the drone. In many cases, these conditions or factors are carefully considered each time a drone is sent up to the air. While a majority of drones for kids have built-in stabilizers and other technologies that allow these to stay in the air with very minimal human intervention, these will still require input from kids. Does the drone need to veer left or right? Can it perform barrel rolls now or maybe later? These are just some of the questions that a kid will have to process in his mind while flying a drone. And these are what constitute the basics of problem solving in children.
- Encourages creativity and imagination
Some drones come with a variety of gadgets that can be used for other purposes. For instance, some manufacturers already integrate an HD camera that’s more than capable of shooting high resolution videos and pictures. Such systems allow children to work their imagination and create some fantastic aerial shots of things and surrounding areas. You should know by now that, while aerial photography is not new, it is gaining wide acceptance not only among professionals but also among hobbyist groups. Other features of a drone can help stimulate the creativity of kids. If it comes with a variety of controls, kids can try to manipulate these to create fantastic tricks and stunts.
- Improves visual spatial intelligence
Flying a remotely operated drone entails a great deal of understanding the drone’s position relative to its surroundings. This is vastly different from sitting inside the cockpit of a real airplane or helicopter since your perspective is within the helicopter itself. Flying a drone several hundred meters from you means you need to consider your distance to the drone and the individual distances of different objects to it. This requires great skill especially in visual spatial estimation. That’s why beginners always start in an open field to make sure they don’t inadvertently crash their drones.
- Fosters healthier social relationships
Like all RC playing activities, flying a drone helps foster the special bond between kids and their parents. It provides an opportunity for families to spend quality time together. This helps provide for a healthier social development among children which can make them feel good about themselves and lead to healthier self-concepts.
With these benefits of drones for kids you can ensure your kid’s optimum development. So, what are you waiting for? Grab that controller and start flying those drones now.