Recess Check Up Week

  1. Updates

It can be hard to understand the impact that your play space has on your school’s culture and your students’ experience, and while there are a lot of solutions worth trying, it’s tough to know what’s working and what’s not.

Recess Lab is designed to help more principals, teachers, and students discover the power of play. Explore how improvements on the playground can impact the entire day at your school, then take the Recess Checkup, an online quiz designed to help you identify strengths and uncover areas for improvement.

The Recess Checkup focuses on the three areas we’ve found to be most essential for all schools – safety, empowerment, and engagement. Answer questions about what’s happening in your school, and see how you’re doing and how to take steps to ensure a safe, active, and fun play culture.

From April 22-26, K-6 teachers and principals who take the Recess Checkup will get access to free resources and the chance to win one of five subscriptions to PlayworksU.

Take the Checkup

More Updates


April 26, 2019

Conflict Resolution: Turn your Spring Struggles into Spring Successes ›

Springtime, with all its fanfare, is often a time of escalating conflicts. Students are antsy from a long winter of learning, and their classmates are now more like annoying siblings than playful friends. The key to making the spring season a success is to teach students how to resolve conflicts appropriately—that means using their words and…

April 16, 2019

Twin Cities Orthopedics and Playworks Minnesota team with Turtle Lake Students for Day of Play ›

Twenty-eight Values Champions, employees who are ambassadors of TCO’s culture and exemplify the organization’s values, teamed up with Playworks to teach students the power of safe, fun, and healthy play at recess. Students learned inclusive games and team-building activities in a classroom setting, and participated in a recess period with volunteers to practice what they learned…

April 5, 2019

Playworks is Hiring AmeriCorps Coaches ›

Playworks is hiring AmeriCorps coaches to serve for the 2019-20 school year at elementary schools in cities across the country. These coaches provide essential opportunities for children to explore their imaginations, connect with other kids, and stretch and grow. Through service, Playworks AmeriCorps members create a place for every kid on the playground to feel…