Remember recess? When the bell would ring, and you would put down whatever you were doing, whatever you were working on, to go outside and play? You would come together with your peers to create new ideas, to role-play, to try new things and to be adventurous.
You would feel fearless as you jumped off that jungle gym, you'd feel playful as you chased your friend around the playground, and you'd feel creative as you invented new situations to play out.
Recess was a pivotal part of growing up—not just because it was fun, but because it allowed us to release physical and mental energy. We were able to move, to get out of our heads and into our bodies, and to come together in a community.
Plus, studies have shown that child’s play helps build a better brain than conventional learning alone. "The experience of play changes the connections of the neurons at the front end of your brain," says Sergio Pellis, a researcher at the University of Lethbridge in Alberta, Canada. "And without play experience, those neurons aren't changed," he says.