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October 23, 2014

District Phasing Out Swingsets, Citing Safety Concerns

A Washington state school district has removed swings from its playgrounds, hoping to improve safety during playtime.

September 23, 2014

Study Finds Academic Benefits for Children's Physical Activities

Among both boys and girls, physical activity during recess in 1st grade was directly correlated to reading fluency through 1st and 2nd grades.

August 29, 2014

Time With Nature Reduces Student Stress, Research Says

Schools can reduce stress simply by allowing children to play in green spaces, instead of only focusing on teaching children how to cope with stress.

May 21, 2014

Recess Time Declining in Seattle Schools, Local News Outlet Finds

Eleven Seattle schools schedule only 20 minutes or less for recess each day, according to KUOW Puget Sound Public Radio.

March 17, 2014

New Book Studies 'The Art of Play'

How children play is endlessly fascinating to educators, but how do children themselves think about play?

March 12, 2014

Making the Case for Increased Playtime in Schools

A Commentary in a recent issue of Education Week makes the case that increasing playtime in schools will help improve students' focus and academic performance while cutting back on behavior issues.

March 11, 2014

Studying Play in 'The Art of Play'

A new book by Anna R. Beresin examines play, recess, and creativity from several angles.

March 04, 2014

Finland's Latest Export: A Novel Approach to Recess

In Finland, a 1st grader spends 4.5 hours a day in school, 1.5 hours of which are devoted to "unstructured outdoor play."

January 20, 2014

Recess Isn't Long Enough for Deep Thinking, Says Play Expert

Early-childhood experts say adults are often not giving students long enough stretches to develop their minds--especially during the school day.

January 14, 2014

Recess Too Short for Analytical Thinking, Play Expert Asserts

Intense, analytical thinking begins 30 minutes after preschool-age children start recess, a University of Delaware professor asserts.

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