Scientists Say Kids Learn More On Playgrounds Than In Classrooms

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By: Krystle Crossman

When you ask a young child what their favorite part about school is, many times you will hear them say, “Recess!” Play time is very important for children especially while their brains are still developing. It is more important in fact than sitting in a classroom. They can learn a lot from playing outside and they get exercise while they are learning. It is a win-win situation that unfortunately a lot of children are not afforded.

Researcher Sergio Pellis states that active play outside changes the neurons that are in the frontal cortex of the brain. This part of the brain controls emotions, problem solving, and plan making skills. If they aren’t allowed to play outdoors and run around, these neurons do not change at all. When they are changed they can completely shift how a child views the world. Pellis says that children need to be encouraged to engage in “free-play”. There are no set rules or time limits. They are able to sit down with a friend and play but while they are playing they are trying to figure out what to do so they won’t be bored. While they are playing games together they will make up their own rules and be accountable for the points that they accumulate. There are so many creative things that children can do and can learn from when they are running around and playing everything.

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