Neuroscience of Play | How play eases the “work” in homework

Edventure More exists to inspire the playful pursuit of enrichment in the next generation. Our programs provide a place for all kids to nurture their innate curiosity, confidence and kindness through hands-on science, art, technology and outdoor activities.

Edventure More | Helping Kids Learn and Play

Research supports not only the notion that play enhances and supports the social/emotional health of children, but it also is a factor in helping them organize their thoughts and calm their minds. In Jill Howlett Mays, MS, OTR/L research article  Importance of Play for Kids, Tweens, and Teens , she says, “When we move, nerves send messages to the areas of the brain that are key to organization.  The more input, the better these areas work.”  Mays further asserts, “We’re wondering why there’s an increase in ADHD and other behavioral issues.  As kids play less, statistics show huge decreases in physical activity, these conditions increase.  Also let’s not forget about health issues like child obesity?”

It follows that when children, including tweens and teens, spend time playing games, running with friends, enjoying the outdoors, they are more able to work efficiently when the time comes – thus reducing stress and the time it takes to focus and complete assignments both in and out of the classroom.  Maybe the next time your child is complaining about that “homework first” rule or you are being told they are unable to concentrate in class, you should toy with the idea that some time spent playing, while it may seem to “rile them up,” is actually calming their minds and will allow them better focus and thus less stressful and more efficient (shorter) periods of work.  Or better yet, follow the example of Edventure More: bring more “play” into the “work” with educational games and activities. Check out Mo’s Treehouse for some FREE ideas!

Edventure More | Playfully Learning Life SkillsWhile there may always be moments of struggle in the process of learning, the more we can enrich the learning through play, the more messages of pleasure, ease and organization of body and mind we will bring into the experience.

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