Here at Playworks, we're constantly reminded of the benefits of recess in schools. And sometimes it feels a bit like insider information. Sure, most parents inherently understand that playtime is a great opportunity for physical exercise, but do you know the hidden (we think of them as “secret!”) benefits of school recess and playtime? Here are five of our favorites!
- Play breaks are a necessary part of life. For adults AND kids. You wouldn’t work a full day without giving your brain a rest-neither should your kids.
- Classroom performance improves after recess. According to LiveScience, children perform better in the classroom if they’ve had an opportunity to “blow off a little steam” on the playground. Anecdotally, we hear this same thing from teachers in Playworks schools all the time.
- Recess fosters social development. When playing at recess, kids learn so much more than just the rules of the game-they learn vital social skills that stick with them for life. On Playworks playgrounds, we focus on an increasingly important social skill-conflict resolution by teaching fun and simple ways to resolve disputes, which often times results in fewer reports of bullying in schools.
- Play is a great solider in the fight against childhood obesity. Having a daily opportunity for physical activity helps fight weight gain and also teaches kids healthy habits from a young age.
- Play is good for brain development. Playworks guest blogger Deborah McNelis reminded us last month that play is the way the brain learns best!