Active learning is critical to brain development

Updated: May 1, 2019

Play and active learning are critical to optimal brain development. Neurons in the brain strengthen and connect as children move, explore, and interact in the world.

When we watch young children who are engaging with screens, one of the first things we notice is that they are not moving or using their whole bodies. Their bodies are more passive as their attention is absorbed by the screen. The focus shifts from moving to looking. From acting on the world to re-acting to what’s on the screen.