A Systematic Review of Research into the Impact of Loose Parts Play on Children's Cognitive, Social and Emotional Development

Jenny Gibson, MM Cornell & T Gill
Background: Loose Parts Play (LPP) interventions introduce moveable materials and equipment to children's play spaces to facilitate unstructured, child-led play. Metaanalysis of previous school-based research has shown significant benefits of LPP for physical activity (PA). In the current paper we review the scope and quality of the quantitative evidence relating to cognitive, social, and emotional outcomes. Method: We conducted a systematic search of the literature on LPP interventions for primary school aged children which used...

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