Updates

March 3, 2021

6 Feet Apart and Persisting Through the Power of Play: The Coach Perspective of In-Person Programming ›

At Playworks, we commit to providing safe and healthy play to every kid. This year has called on us to be especially dynamic as we and our partner schools navigate the ever-changing environment of the pandemic. Right now, many of our schools are able to welcome students back into their doors in limited capacity using…

March 3, 2021

Self-Care: Refreshing Your Motivation and Purpose in Service By Taking Time for You ›

This past year has been a lot on all of us mentally, emotionally, and physically. Playworks Colorado Coach Natalie shares some self-care ideas she compiled from recent experiences and conversations with peers to help us all be our best every day. Read the full story below.  At Playworks Colorado, we strive to better our communities…

January 22, 2021

Add Some Fun to Your Virtual Meetings & Promote Playworks with Zoom Backgrounds ›

Many of us will begin this year continuing the work from home life and  spending a lot of time in virtual meetings. Please consider using one of these Playworks Zoom Backgrounds as you participate. Not only will it help you maintain a (playful) professional background, but you will also represent Playworks in the process. Win,…

January 22, 2021

The Denver Broncos: Engaging Kids in Safe and Healthy Play on and off the Field ›

    Playworks Colorado partners with the Denver Broncos to help with our mission to ensure every kid has access to opportunities for physical activity and healthy play! Normally we would join the Denver Broncos on their practice field, but for now, our interactions look a little different. This year, two of our partner schools…

December 15, 2020

Top 6 Games to Play Virtually ›

Many educators have risen to the challenge of transitioning their lessons to accommodate virtual education, and Playworks has been helping educators ensure play remains in every child’s day, even online. Kids prioritize play, and with our support educators are leveraging play when teaching virtually in order to keep kids engaged, active, and to build community.…

October 6, 2020

Using Play to Foster Social Connections and Physical Activity ›

Play isn’t just fun and games – it’s a vital aspect of our health and well-being. When we play, we engage our bodies, minds, and senses, creating opportunities for increased physical activity, learning, and connection with others. Play can even help relieve stress and support the development of important social-emotional skills, including communication and cooperation.…

September 14, 2020

Navigating the Maze of Virtual Play: A Success Story ›

Imagining play over a zoom call may sound bizarre at first. When I think of play, immediately thoughts of brightly colored playgrounds, tag, and high fives come to mind. I hear laughing in the background, and smiling faces fill my mind’s eye. When we take out the option of playing in person, picturing this incredibly…

September 3, 2020

How Equity, Trauma, and Play Intersect ›

The play opportunity gap Play is critical for healthy child development as it is a safe way for kids to experiment and practice building relationships and cooperating with others. And yet, even in normal circumstances before COVID-19, there wasn’t an equal opportunity for every kid to play. We need to make sure this disparity does…

August 14, 2020

Playful Ways to Build Relationships in 2020 ›

Rapport building is always key to a successful, engaging school year. When kids feel safe, empowered, and cared for, they are more likely to attend school, lean into their education, and develop critical social and emotional skills. This year, students around the country are going to school virtually, in-person with potential virtual experiences during COVID…