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Twelve games to develop engaged citizens of the future.

Help our kids become engaged citizens and thoughtful leaders by teaching them to play well with others—to be seen and heard, to have empathy for others, and to understand our interdependence. Here are twelve games to encourage citizenship at your school.

Games to practice taking turns:

Games to practice kindness:

Games to build community:

Games to teach conflict resolution:

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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 17, 2020

Download the Playworks School Re-Opening Workbook ›

This is an unprecedented moment for kids, teachers, families, and schools. Re-opening our schools will involve decisions based on incomplete information that must be made in an environment that, at best, would be described as uncertain. The Playworks School Reopening Workbook is a free resource and workbook aiming to bring a bit of ease to…

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…