Kids & Physical Activity: Children Need 60 Minutes of Play a Day: Parents, Let's Save Recess! by Mike Prochaska

6 years ago

Kids & Physical Activity: Children Need 60 Minutes of Play a Day: Parents, Let's Save Recess!

Only one in four kids in the U.S. is getting the recommended daily amount of physical activity. That means, in a class of 20 students, only five are truly able to be a kid for just one hour each day. Children are not playing at home, they are not playing in schools and they are not playing in their communities. Children should play outside at least 60 minutes a day. And this is why recess matters – so that children have time to play outside at school.

school in Texas did an experiment and gave children four 15-minute recesses. And guess what? They found that the children learned more when they broke up the day instead of having kids just sit in classrooms. Kids need recess to have time to process and to learn. Children learn while they play more than you can ever image.

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Elisa Schmitz
Great info, dadsAdventuredaycare ! I agree that kids need recess. In general, kids need to be outside more, playing with real life toys (or things in nature) and not on technology so much!
Ann Marie Patitucci
Yes, yes, yes! So true, Mike Prochaska ! We need to do better for our kids!
Katie Sloan
YES! My 2nd grader takes multiple tests each week, is made to sit quietly in his seat during lunch, talking at a whisper and then given 20 min to play outside when the weather is decent. He and his friends race off the bus at 4:20 and just start running. Education is a different ballgame these days.

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