The importance of unstructured physical activity for children

In this infographic our team studies the benefits of free play for children and how unstructured physical activity can improve your child’s mental health, physical health and overall well-being.

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Unstructured physical activity is also known as free play. It is where children create their own activities without adult guidance. It allows children to have fun, relax and be creative.

  • Helps children become more active.
  • Helps to establish voluntary motor control.
  • Develops creativity.
  • Allows children to think for themselves.
  • Allows children to use their imagination.
  • Develops muscles and strength.
  • Children can develop their own sense of independence.
  • Improves concentration.
  • Gives children a sense of mastery.
  • Teaches children important life skills.
  • Develops emotional awareness.
  • Encourages children to explore new ideas.
  • Beneficial for cognitive and emotional development.
  • Teaches children how to work collaboratively.
  • Develops spatial cognition.
  • Improves problem solving skills.
  • Allows children to play at their own pace.
  • Improves decision making skills.
  • Reduces pressure and stress.
  • Improves mood.
  • Develops autonomy.
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