Selfish Mom blog features Playworld in post about free play benefits

How free play changes kids' brains
by Amy Oztan, Selfish Mom

 

I really loved writing about the benefits of free play last month. Playworld Systems makes the kind of playground equipment that helps free play thrive, letting kids take risks and figuring things out for themselves. When they pointed me in the direction of this NPR piece on how free play actually changes kids’ brains, I jumped at the chance to write about it.

Play actually changes the brain
A Canadian neuroscientist explained in the NPR piece that “the experience of play changes the connections of the neurons at the front end of your brain…and without play experience, those neurons aren’t changed.” The neurons he’s talking about are in the part of the brain that regulates emotions, makes plans, and solves problems – pretty important stuff for navigating life. But what’s really interesting is how this affects academic performance.

 

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