On our playgrounds, kids explore, make choices, are heard and contribute to their community. At a great recess, kids play with sheer joy, release their imagination, and shine. This is precisely why recess is one of the most important parts of a kid’s school day.
In order for every kid to feel a sense of peace and belonging they can carry with them into their classrooms, back to their neighborhoods, and out into the world, we must make recess great. The following are tips and tools to improve your child(ren)’s recess experience:
- Take a look at your child's recess. Is it safe, fun and inclusive? Here are eight tips to make recess great.
- Make your school playground beautiful. Here are two stories to inspire you: Parent Improves School Playground and Recess Makeover in San Francisco.
- Check out over 200 games to play in our online games library.
- Get ideas for transitioning students to and from recess from Trainer Deb Sugerman.
- Learn how to play and teach Rock Paper Scissors, a simple, fun conflict resolution tool.
- Give kids the skills to resolve conflicts in a positive manner by teaching conflict resolutions techniques.
- Recess in inclement weather can be challenging. Use these tips to make your indoor recess great.
- When kids get little to no time for play in the school day, they suffer. Don't let your children miss their right to play. Advocate for recess.
- Learn more from the Recess Assessment Tool.
Get in the game! Children love adults who play. Show kids how to act at recess by being a positive role model yourself.
—Jill Vialet, Playworks CEO and Founder