Are kids overscheduled in the summer?
Updated: Monday, July 7 2014, 06:00 PM EDT
A new study by psychologists at the University of Colorado finds the more kids play the better their cognitive development.
Researchers studied the schedules and play habits of 70 six-year-old children, measuring how much time each spent in “less structured,” spontaneous activities such as imaginative play and “structured” activities organized and supervised by adults, such as lessons, sports practice, community service and homework.
Researchers found unscheduled, unsupervised playtime helps with organization, long-term planning, task initiation, self-regulation and the ability to switch between activities.
Free-play also helped the children strengthen social bonds, mature emotionally and improve physical health.