Why is movement so important in children?

A child making a splash in a puddle of water

Children learn through play is a phrase everyone should be familiar with, and it’s not without reason that this has become such a famous saying. Movement and being active are essential not only for physical and mental health but also for growth and academia. Activity stimulates a child’s developing brain in many ways. A baby’s brain is a mass of millions and millions of (mostly) unconnected nerves.