Free play better for children’s health than playgrounds

Cheap buckets and crates do more to encourage children to be active and creative compared with expensive playground equipment, according to new research.

The two-year study involved 120 students aged between five and 12 and compared children using household items to others using traditional playgrounds.

The children playing with everyday items spent about 30% less time sitting and standing compared to those using the conventional playground.

Dr Brendon Hyndman, who led the research, said the results show a more creative approach is needed to encourage healthy behaviour in children.

Read more at RMIT University