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Playing outside and going on sightseeing trips can boost the chances of children suceeding in the classroom, a new report revealed yesterday.
Children who spend more time in less structured activities, from playing outside to reading books and visiting the zoo,  are better able to set their own goals and take actions to meet those goals without prodding from adults, according to the University of Colorado at Boulder, study.
It also found that children who participate in more structured activities, including soccer practice, piano lessons and homework, had poorer 'self-directed executive function,' a measure of the ability to set and reach goals independently. 

Children who spend more time doing less structured activities will be more successful in the classroom as they will be better at setting their own goals, switching between activities and controlling their mood.

Psychology and neuroscience Professor Yuko Munakata said: 'Executive function is extremely important for children.
'It helps them in all kinds of ways throughout their daily lives, from flexibly switching between different activities rather than getting stuck on one thing, to stopping themselves from yelling when angry, to delaying gratification. Executive function during childhood also predicts important outcomes, like academic performance, health, wealth and criminality, years and even decades later.'


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