"A 2014 study discovered that 6-year-old students who engaged in plenty of free play showed stronger levels of executive functioning, or the ability to manage oneself and achieve goals."
"One study showed that free play stimulates the fight-or-flight response without triggering the stress hormone cortisol, giving children opportunities to practice handling danger."
"Studies show that a decline in free play correlates with a decline in empathy. Recess and play give children opportunities to develop key social skills and recognize the humanity in others."
"When children play, they are practicing skills that will help them safely navigate life."
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