Dec 31, 2012 12:45 PM by NBC News

Experts say kids need playtime

The American Academy of Pediatrics has released a new policy statement encouraging schools to let kids have their playtime.

The statement says recess offers cognitive, physical and social benefits to young children.

The unstructured playtime gives kids the opportunity to develop skills that can't be taught in the classroom, and studies show kids who have recess are healthier overall.

The statement also says recess should not serve as a substitute for P.E. class.



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