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Value of Free Play Stressed in Report

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Free and unstructured playtime is necessary to help children reach social, emotional, and cognitive milestones, as well as help them lower their levels of stress, a report concludes.

The report, sponsored by the American Academy of Pediatrics, was written in response to trends seen as threatening time for children to participate in free play, such as the increasing competitiveness of the college-admissions process and tougher academic demands that have caused some K-12 schools to reduce time for recess and physical education.

Vol. 26, Issue 08, Page 13

Published in Print: October 18, 2006, as Value of Free Play Stressed in Report

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