Active Play, the Brain and Learning

Let’s Be Active! Move * Play * Learn is the theme for this year’s Family Literacy Week. The benefits of active play for physical health and fitness are well recognized, but how is physical activity connected to children’s literacy?

Physical activity supports healthy brain development. It can improve memory, neuroplasticity, and executive function, including focusing, planning and organizing. Several research studies have shown a significant relationship between physical fitness and academic achievement.

Active play also supports learning by providing opportunities to:

  • observe and learn from others
  • develop confidence and increase self-esteem
  • develop social skills, such as communicating with others, sharing, and cooperating
  • enhance background knowledge and vocabulary

To learn more about the connection between physical activity, the brain, and learning for children, read:

 Exercise benefits adult brains, too.

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