More than half of children aged two to seven play in their homes, according to a new report from Next Big Futures, which has been collecting data on the use of playgrounds and other activities in the US.
It found the majority of children played on a playground or other similar facility in their home, with over half of them being on a structured playground.
Read more: Playground toys and equipment: The most popular and safest toys, according with kids’ safety expertsThe report also found that over 50% of children play on the same playing surface as adults, with about half playing on a wooden platform, with another 20% playing on wooden sticks.
More than half the children surveyed also played in a child-friendly area.
Children who play in structured play areas also have higher levels of positive interactions with other children, with a higher proportion of those surveyed saying they have enjoyed or participated in other activities with others in their community, the report found.
Children also had higher levels and more frequent play time with adults, and had higher rates of social interactions with friends.
The findings are based on data from a survey conducted by Next Big Trends, a national research group for children and families.
It is the first time data has been collected from a large-scale national survey on playground use, it said.
In a statement, the US Department of Health and Human Services said the data was not representative of playground usage in the United States and was not intended to represent the level of use of all playgrounds.
“While the US is one of the world’s most active playground users, the percentage of children playing on the playground is not an indicator of playground use,” the statement read.
“We encourage parents to explore ways to encourage children to use their favorite play areas, and encourage other countries to take similar steps to ensure that children have opportunities to learn.”
Read more about playgrounds, playground equipment and toys:Read moreAbout 2,400 children were surveyed across the US, including children aged 2 to 7, who played in one of four different types of playground:traditional, indoor, outdoor and a combination of both.
“The results of this survey show that over half (51%) of children who play on a structure in their backyard also play on it in their local community, and over half have experienced a positive interaction with other kids,” the report said.
“These results are in stark contrast to the findings of previous studies, which found that children who live in structures do not experience the same levels of play as those who live off of their structures.”
In a separate study published in the Journal of Pediatrics in 2017, researchers found that playtime on structures and other structured surfaces is less common than it was in the past.