We all know that play is important in early childhood education. Through play, children learn critical skills for getting along with each other, working in teams, and resolving disagreements. We also know that the playground is where children have the opportunity to be leaders.

But unfortunately, school principals tell us that discipline-related problems in school often occur during recess. Instead of going back to class energized and ready to learn, kids return to class upset and unable to focus.

We can change this. Recess should be fun, energetic, safe, and inclusive for everyone. Isn’t that what we want for all kids in elementary school today?

Watch Principal Michael Aaronian, a former PE teacher, share how play at recess supports not just physical activity, but also social development, emotional safety, and academic engagement:

When recess becomes a healthy, integral part of the school day, kids carry that positive experience with them beyond the playground.

Over 1,200 schools and districts around the country, big and small, partner with Playworks. Organizations like the Centers for Disease ControlSHAPE America, and City Year also rely on our best practices from 20 years on the playground.

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Big changes start small. We’d like to help! Get in touch for:

✔   A free, 15-minute strategy call about your recess

✔   Tips and resources for your teachers via email



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