Drawing evidence from early childhood learning programmes across 18 countries, as well as from interviews with the authors of various contributing studies, this report shows that play not only helps children learn, it also supports inclusion, and reduces inequality.— Lego Foundation Study, 2021
High quality recess contributes to the executive function, emotional self-control, resilience, and positive classroom behavior in elementary school children.— Journal of School Health, 2021
“Physically strenuous play synthesizes the neural benefits of both exercise and play by simultaneously providing physical, social, and intellectual stimulation. This synergy of stimuli creates a positive challenge or stress to the brain, which in turn causes the brain to adapt, resulting in healthy cognitive development.”— Journal of Play, 2020
A Meta study that analyzes the relationship between physical activity and cognitive abilities in children, reflecting research from 44 studies and concluding that IQ and academic achievement improved when children participated in physical activities at school.
— Benjamin A. Sibley and Jennifer L. Etnier