Active Play, the Brain and Learning
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:
- Expert Statement on Physical Activity and Brain Health in Children and Youth
- How Movement and Exercise Help Kids Learn
- Research-Tested Benefits of Breaks
Exercise benefits adult brains, too.
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