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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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two boys smiling on playground
two boys smiling on playground

January 10, 2022

An expression of generosity from MacKenzie Scott ›

“Each unique expression of generosity will have value far beyond what we can imagine or live to see.” – MacKenzie Scott, philanthropist and novelist Playworks is honored to receive a gift from MacKenzie Scott! This generous gift will help us make play accessible to more kids and fund our work with schools and community-based organizations…

screenshot of resource
screenshot of resource

November 5, 2021

AAA’s Creating Safe Spaces Guide and Lesson Plan ›

In partnership with AAA Northern California, Nevada & Utah School Safety Patrol program, we’re proud to share teacher-led and student self-guided digital educational resources for Creating Safe Spaces – an interactive guide for students on how to have courageous conversations. AAA Creating Safe Spaces Overview This lesson is all about students being leaders in creating…

Child high-fiving others
Child high-fiving others

September 21, 2021

Playworks Inaugural Day of Giving ›

Join us as we celebrate 25 years of play! Kids need to play more than ever. This year, Playworks is celebrating our 25th anniversary. That’s 25 years of inclusive games, positive language, high-fives, conflict resolution techniques, skill development, and more. We need your support to continue bringing kids the #powerofplay for the next 25 years.…