Play Matters Research

Learning Through Play; increasing impact, reducing inequality.

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

Recess Quality and Social and Behavioral Health in Elementary School Students

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 Active Play and Cognition; An Academic Matter?

“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

The Relationship Between Physical Activity and Cognition in Children: A Meta-Analysis

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

Jamaican study shows early childhood stimulation leads to later earning benefits






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