Skip to main content

Sponsored Content

Play: It’s Not Just Fun and Games

Sep 14, 2015 07:27AM, Published by Family Features, Categories: Family Features, Family Features Lifestyle




(Family Features) As children head back to school, the time set aside for play seems to disappear. According to a survey conducted by Dr Pepper Snapple Group’s Let’s Play initiative, 56 percent of parents say busy schedules are a major barrier to play.

Play is an important part of a child’s physical, emotional and social development. In fact, kids who play are found to be healthier, happier and better performers in school. As children’s schedules become packed with activities during the school year, it is important to make sure they are getting enough active playtime each day to help them grow into happy, healthy adults.

Here are some reasons to keep kids active during the school year:

Play promotes social skills. According to a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, just more than a quarter of students surveyed participated in daily physical education classes. Kids have fewer opportunities to be active during the school day, so it is important to supplement their schedules with after-school activities or sports throughout the year. Team sports are a great opportunity for children to foster friendships and connect with kids from different backgrounds. Keeping your children active through sports gives them the opportunity to maintain a physically active lifestyle while also making new friends.

Play heightens intellectual development. Education in the classroom allows children to learn and grow; however, physical activity outside of the classroom is also important for a child’s development. Studies show that physical play has been linked to helping kids think creatively and create connections with others through the process of sharing, negotiating and resolving conflicts. Such skills are vital for a child to learn and can be easily taught through active play.

Play enhances motor skills. Playgrounds serve as a great space for kids to explore and have fun in a safe environment while challenging and refining their motor skills. Interacting with play equipment helps build motor skills and improves self-control and coordination.

Play relieves stress. As kids get older, schoolwork becomes increasingly difficult and stress levels about the workload begin to rise. In fact, 46 percent of parents polled in the Let’s Play survey said that a focus on academics was one of their kids’ biggest barriers to play. While academics should always be a priority, giving kids the opportunity and time to play can relieve the stress associated with school and allow them to simply have fun. 

You can learn more about the importance of play and get tips and advice on how to incorporate active play in your child’s everyday life at LetsPlay.com, where you can also nominate a community group, nonprofit or school to receive a new playground or sports equipment grant courtesy of Let’s Play.

Photo courtesy of Getty Images

Sponsored by Dr. Pepper Snapple Group


Like what you're reading? Subscribe to Cabarrus Magazine's free newsletter to catch every headline



Family Features Family Features Lifestyle


  • Small Business Saturday

    06/24/2017
    08:00AM — 09:00PM

    Make a purchase in any of the participating businesses in Downtown Concord and enter a drawing to...


  • PIEDMONT FARMERS MARKET

    06/24/2017
    08:00AM

    • Open year-round. Fresh local produce, honey, free-range eggs, antibiotic- and hormone-free beef...


  • Join us in beautiful Downtown Concord for the Summer Sidewalk Sale on Saturday, June 24, 2017! ...


  • North Carolina (PSI-NC) is a new nonprofit dedicated to assisting North Carolina families and the...


  • Summer Kickoff Party

    06/24/2017
    09:00AM — 05:00PM

    Kick stands up! Time to kick off summer with a bang. Come and enjoy live music featuring Ethan Ha...


  • Beer Mile

    06/24/2017
    09:00AM

    Registration starts at 9:00 • First group is at 9:30 • Next group goes at 10:00 • Then the rel...


  • Family Day @ The Cabarrus Arts Council

    06/24/2017
    10:00AM — 02:00PM

    Join the Cabarrus Arts Council for Family Day, this Saturday June 24 from 10 - 2 p.m. in The Gall...


  • The 2017 Independence Celebration will be Saturday, June 24th @5pm.


  • Birding in the Sandhills

    06/24/2017
    06:00PM

    Attention bird enthusiasts and those of the like! Join Ranger Fields and local birder extraordina...


  • Live Music at CBC : John Sullivan

    06/24/2017
    07:30PM — 10:00PM

    Looking for a little entertainment while you enjoy a fresh local craft beer? Well, this is the ev...


  • Dorothy in Wonderland

    06/24/2017
    07:30PM — 09:00PM

    Dorothy in Wonderland opens Friday June 16th, 2017 at 7:30pm Come see local youth actors from ...


  • Dorothy in Wonderland

    06/25/2017
    07:30PM — 09:00PM

    Dorothy in Wonderland opens Friday June 16th, 2017 at 7:30pm Come see local youth actors from ...


  • Renaissance Classical Preschool Summer Camp

    06/27/2017
    07:00AM — 06:00PM

    Renaissance Classical Preschool Summer camp June 12th-August 4th. Our Summer camp is designed to ...


  • A VET TOGETHER

    06/27/2017
    09:00AM — 11:00AM

    • Join Cabarrus Veterans Coalition the first Tuesday of each month at Carm’s for free coffee and ...


  • A Vet Together

    06/27/2017
    09:00AM — 11:00AM

    Join Cabarrus Veterans Coalition at Carm's Cafe every Tuesday morning for A Vet Together! Fre...


  • Local Organic Farmers Market

    06/28/2017
    04:00AM — 06:00PM

    Enjoy high quality, locally sourced produce from certified organic farmers. Support these hard-wo...


  • Renaissance Classical Preschool Summer Camp

    06/28/2017
    07:00AM — 06:00PM

    Renaissance Classical Preschool Summer camp June 12th-August 4th. Our Summer camp is designed to ...


  • Earth Fare Grand Opening

    06/28/2017
    07:00AM — 09:00PM

    Earth Fare, the authentic specialty organic and natural food grocery store, invites the greater C...


  • Body Sculpt

    06/28/2017
    05:30PM — 06:30PM

    A combination of traditional body sculpting methods using free weights, resistance bands and your...


  • CBC Trivia Night

    06/28/2017
    07:00PM

    Cabarrus Brewing Co’s weekly Trivia Night hosted by KanePunch Comedy’s Patrick & Joel is held eve...


  • Namaste and have a Beer

    06/28/2017
    07:00PM — 08:00PM

    Join us at Twenty-Six Acres every Wednesday for Yoga with Jill Falconer Yoga! Classes are $10 and...


  • Renaissance Classical Preschool Summer Camp

    06/29/2017
    07:00AM — 06:00PM

    Renaissance Classical Preschool Summer camp June 12th-August 4th. Our Summer camp is designed to ...


  • TODDLER STORY TIME

    06/29/2017
    10:30AM

    • Children from walking age to three years old with caregiver. Songs, stories, finger plays follo...


  • The Miss Harrisburg July 4th Pageant will take place on Thursday, June 29, 2017 at Hickory Ridge ...


  • Kannapolis Farmers Market

    06/29/2017
    04:00PM — 07:00PM

    The Kannapolis Farmers Market will be held every Thursday, 4-7pm May through September, at the co...


Get Cabarrus Magazine Delivered to Your Door!

Subscribe today!


PROUDLY BROUGHT TO YOU BY THESE COMMUNITY SPONSORS


Carolina Pizza Huts
Cabarrus Economic Development
DefyGravity Charlotte
Twenty-Six Acres Brewing Company
Kannapolis Intimidators