Whether it's through free play, free choice, or free times, the best child development happens in those moments of freedom. From AAA State of Play, this infographic lists 27 reasons why freedom and play during the summer is very important for children. The infographic features a mix of both quotes and facts. One of the facts includes "free play affects the developing neurons of the prefrontal cortex during childhood, preparing the brain for emotional regulation, planning, and problem-solving."
There are also great quotes on here, including one from Carrier Shrier, an early childhood educator at Michigan State University, which says "Researchers found that when children engage in unstructured play, daydreaming, risk-taking and independent discovery, they are actually aiding the development of children’s executive functioning.” For your children, what do you think is the biggest benefit of giving kids adequate playtime and freedom during the summer?