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We all want to raise healthy, happy kids. While there are a lot of different factors that affect children’s happiness, research consistently shows one simple habit has an outsized effect on their well-being: making sure kids move their bodies and play every day.

We know weekday routines get hectic when school starts, so here are a few ways even the busiest families can find time for daily physical activity and free play.

Walk or bike to school for happier, healthier kids

Not only is walking or cycling to school a great way to fit in daily physical activity, but research shows it comes with a whole host of benefits including lower stress, better academic performance, and an opportunity to ensure kids develop independence and street smarts. Learn more about how your kids can benefit from active school transportation.

Active free play linked to better grades

Want your kids to get better grades? While it’s important to spend time studying and completing homework, you might be surprised to learn that research suggests time spent in active free play after school actually has a bigger impact on children’s test scores (and it’s a lot more fun too).

Five ways to find time for play:

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Monkey around

Many kids love playing on the monkey bars. Why not encourage your child to try some new moves that will develop their physical literacy skills? Note: if your child seems to struggle on the monkey bars, here’s what you can do about it.
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