Welcome to the Joy Series

  1. Updates

Play is joy. Human connection is joy. Recess yards and playgrounds are a place where you will see smiles, hear laughter, and feel the joy that is associated with running, jumping, and playing.

As we enter the last month of another pandemic-ridden year, we are choosing to focus our energy on things that have brought abounding joy in 2021. Follow along for the next five weeks as we:



1. Recap the most joyful moments of 2021 and look forward to joyful moments of 2022 on our blog.







2. Hear Coach K’s story about what joy means to him in our December Newsletter (sign up for our monthly newsletter at the bottom of our Home page!)





3. Discuss the need for joyful play in schools and how to bring joy into the small, everyday moments on our LinkedIn page.






4. Highlight stories of what joy means to five New England coaches on our Instagram.





We are so excited to launch the Joy Series this holiday season, and we hope that you follow along and reflect on how joy shows up in your life.

More Updates

January 18, 2023

Building skills through play: adult engagement at recess ›

What does adult engagement look like at recess and why is it important? Adults actively engaging on the playground is important because it encourages healthy play at recess. Playworks’ programming recognizes this and highlights the need of providing a kind and consistent adult during the school day for students to connect and build trusting relationships that…

January 10, 2023

Understanding the Complex Simplicities of Play ›

Play is a behavior that is natural and has existed for thousands of years and across species. It combines a set of made-up rules or norms and a willingness to explore. Researchers, scientists, and doctors have studied the effects of play on kids–and adults–and understand that this natural behavior has tremendous benefits. As the American…

December 28, 2022

Looking forward to joy in 2023 ›

Over the last five weeks, we have been exploring the concept of joy. We’ve answered check-in questions on our Instagram based around joy, heard from five Coaches on Facebook about what brings them joy, and found out from students what about recess brings them so much joy. To close out the year, we have been…