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Unstructured Play: The Ultimate Classroom

Physical activity and recess have declined in U.S. schools, yet research shows that children who play daily often outperform their sedentary peers academically as well as exhibit better classroom behaviors. The LiiNK Project is a research-based intervention providing unstructured outdoor play breaks and character development lessons to K-3 classrooms in public and private schools. Our results show increased classroom focus, decreased off-task behavior and improved reading and math performance.

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Learning Objectives

  1. The average U.S. first-grader spends seven hours a day at school, often with out any unstructured or outdoor recess.
  2. Research has affirmed the importance of play in children’s physical and mental health.
  3. Our research shows that extra recess can improve academic performance without reducing on-task time in the classroom.



Laura Snyder, VP, Dick Jones Communications

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