If you talk to any parent or teacher, they will tell you that play is an important part of childhood.

Here are four quick reasons to add more recess into your classroom:

  1. In Finland students split their time 45 minutes in class, 15 minutes in recess.  They lead the world in science, and math, and have fewer colds.
  2. Play activates the dopamine and neuro-adreneline systems without releasing cortisol which is good for the brain.
  3. The sun helps prevent nearsightedness (link)
  4. Exercise increases blood flow and helps to stimulate growth in the brain.

Source: Learning & The Brain Conference, Boston MA, Nov 2013.