How Kids Benefit From Active Play During the School Year
We’re not sure how it’s possible, but the new school year is quickly approaching. While “buy new school clothes, supplies, and backpacks” and “attend open houses” may be on your to-do list, you might also consider adding “find more active play opportunities,” the benefits of which will increase your child’s learning throughout the school year.
It’s no secret that kids of all ages love to play, but there’s WAY more to play than just having fun. Active play is essential to a child’s development because it contributes to cognitive, physical, social, and emotional well-being.
According to the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans, children ages 3 through 5 years should be physically active throughout the entire day to enhance growth and development, and children ages 6+ should get at least 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity daily. It’s important to provide and encourage participation in physical activities that are both age-appropriate and enjoyable.
Benefits of Active Play During the School Year:
Boosts Healthy Brain Development
Improves Social Skills
Better Academic Performance