There’s some evidence that outdoor play between lessons can help school children learn and concentrate more when they get back into class. And that physical play might also help some children manage their emotions and do better in cognitive lessons, such as maths.
Play with objects
We’ve seen a link between playing with blocks and other objects, and problem-solving. In some studies, very young children who play with objects also have slightly higher language skills at 22 months, and older children who play with blocks seem to be better at reading than those who don’t. But, lots of these studies were small, and nearly all of them were with children under the age of 7.
Symbolic play (or word play)
These studies look at whether songs, word games and repeating sounds, as well as writing and drawing, boost learning.
Unsurprisingly, language play seems to help children hone their language skills and playing with music in particular might give children’s communication skills the biggest boost.