Facebook post by University of Helsinki

When researching kids, it’s nice if they find the sessions fun! 🏃‍♀️🥳 Pirjo Aunio's research group studies whether physical activity can help kids learn math. Aunio’s group goes out to kindergartens and preschools to measure certain skills of children, so they can identify risk factors for mathematical learning difficulties.❗️ The researchers give the kids tasks that range from balancing on a beam, throwing and kicking a ball, to counting backwards with cubes. 🤸‍♀️ They measure the kids’ physical activity with small accelerometers that are tied into belts that the children wear across several days. Aunio and her team are working to figure out what challenges the current western lifestyle with less physical activity means for the development of children. Their research results can, in the long run, show how we can support the holistic wellbeing and learning of children. 🥰 Would you like to know more? Check out the research group's website! 👇 https://www2.helsinki.fi/en/researchgroups/active-numeracy/projects/active-early-numeracy