Is there a reason behind recess for kids that makes it important for them? I was looking at different things schools do in my area and they all seem to have this in common. The only time recess doesn’t happen is if the weather is bad, either too cold or too rainy.
Recess is for social building skills, exercise, and allows children to have time outside of the building. It is something that isn't necessary but believe to be a helpful to for younger children for the points I mentioned.
Children need a break. They need time to learn socializing skills. In a class room, unless you have kids working together they are working seprate from one another almost all the time. For older students, lunch time is the break time and for teens, they tend to have a study period.
I agree with Brad. It is about socializing more than anything. This is a great time for children to make friends. Other than lunch time, there is no other point where kids can freely speak to each other and not be interrupting a class or a teacher.
Recess allows for physical activity and socializing. I know there are usually a few students who are not very active or social for whatever reason so I think there should be an option for those students to do things by themselves outdoors.
You can read that article that that is based in science and through the eyes of doctors. There are far too many benefits to just ramble off a few. The 4 benefits listed have a good 10+ in and of themselves.