The Benefits of Playtime

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February 7, 2013 by sarahmortonisp

Research shows that cutting children’s recess and play time is not only correlated with behavior issues, but my stifle their creative abilities, their ability to form healthy social relationships, and may lead to obesity.

“Research published in the Early Childhood Education Journal in 2007 revealed that both free play and adult-guided play can help preschoolers learn awareness of other people’s feelings. ” -Source 2

“Children learn to count when they’re doing hopscotch,” Hirsch-Pasek said. “They learn about numbers when they’re playing stickball, and believe me they know which team is ahead. They are telling stories on the playground, and they’re getting active.” -Source 2

There is even an organization called Playworks, which works with schools to provide activities and playtime. Their mission states: “The Playworks Mission: To improve the health and well-being of children by increasing opportunities for physical activity and safe, meaningful play. ” -Source 3

Research shows that play is essential to child development and an invaluable tool for improving school climate. And quality recess and playtime also helps children return to the classroom more focused and ready to learn.” -Source 3

“A randomized control study conducted by Mathematica Policy Research and Stanford Universityfound that Playworks schools have less bullying and exclusionary behavior; transitions from recess to learning activities are easier; students have better behavior and attention in class after participation in sports, games and play and teachers at Playworks schools perceive students to be safer during recess and engage in more inclusive play.” -Source 3

An article on reinforces these statements, claiming that recess in grades K-3 helps with healthy development of concentration, social skills, physical fitness, and has emotional benefits. -Source 4





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