Changing leaves and the crisp autumn air are right around the corner—back to school season is upon us.
As you fill up your children’s backpacks with books and their lunchboxes with healthy meals, remember that play is healthy for them, too—and recess provides them with the perfect outlet to play to their heart’s content. Along with providing many benefits to kids, recess fosters the growth of kids’ physical, emotional, social and cognitive skills.
Our survey on recess goes into greater depth with this research, but here are a few highlights:
- 95% of teachers said recess improves their students’ social interactions
- 64% of teachers agree that recess reduces bullying
- 100% of teachers agree that recess is essential for students’ physical and mental development
The American Academy of Pediatrics agrees—it states that recess is a vital part of children’s development. So, encourage your schools to make sure kids are getting enough recess time this school year. They’ll be happier—and you’ll have peace of mind knowing that they’re engaging in activities proven to bolster their health.