THE CASE FOR RECESS: Why We Need to Bring Back Free Play

Are children’s physical and mental health and recess related? You bet. Recess is important. It’s the opportunity for children to move their bodies, make new friends, and jump into imaginary worlds. If done correctly, recess can be an invaluable component to foster ..

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Why Walking Laps at Recess Time Isn't a Good Idea

I was in the middle of feeding my baby boy, when the phone rang. “I need your help,” the person on the other line said. It was an old friend of mine. “Our school is making it mandatory that the children walk laps during recess time.” She went on to te ..

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The UP side of being upside down

Did you know that being upside down actually helps you to be better on your feet? As pediatric occupational therapists, we actually have specific exercises that get children in an upside down position on purpose to help them gain better body awareness. Things like bowli ..

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Imagine Recess in the WOODS?

Imagine.... Just imagine. The bell rings for recess time. The kids leave the school building and walk out to the nature trail - whispering excitedly to each other. "Let's go on the rope swing," one boy says to another. "Do you want to work on our fort again?" a little girl as ..

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