Playworks has given each classroom a sense of community and teamwork. It gives the students healthy competition and the ability to handle success and defeat in a respectful way.



American Indian Magnet Elementary School, St. Paul, Minnesota

September 25, 2017

“It’s actually nice to walk outside at recess now” ›

When Playworks came to Hamilton two years ago, everything changed. Recess is still unstructured but with guided limits. Kids now choose something fun and active that interests them—there are lots of options. The office referrals sum it up. Before Playworks we had 585 office referrals. Last year we only had 130. And the difference? Recess…

September 25, 2017

“Common problem-solving expectations and skills” ›

We have built on our common language and common problem-solving expectations and skills. The atmosphere on the playground has dramatically improved. Kids are excited to go out and play their favorite games not just hang out with a friend or clique.

September 25, 2017

“Disciplinary referrals at recess have diminished to nearly zero” ›

Playworks has taken the worst part of the school day at Broadway Elementary and made it into a time that is fun AND productive. Most of our suspensions and disciplinary referrals stemmed from recess. Many students wouldn’t participate in recess at all so that they wouldn’t get hurt. They would sit around the perimeter of…