Playworks Pacific Northwest
Playworks helps kids stay active and build valuable social and emotional skills through play.
All kids deserve the social, emotional, and physical benefits of play. We help schools and youth programs create healthy play environments where every child can join in.
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…
February 4, 2022
Believe in Me Foundation Visits with Playworks ›
Julie Wukelic, from the Believe in Me Foundation for Kids, visited with our ED Asia Wisecarver and SC Paige Evans last week. Playworks PacNW was recently rewarded with a $5,000 grant from the foundation. This grant will allow us to continue our work with schools in the Spokane area. We look forward to working with…
December 16, 2021
KATU2’s Season of Giving: Playworks Pacific Northwest ›
KATU is celebrating the Season of Giving, shining a spotlight on local organizations that need community support. Playworks Pacific Northwest program and partnership director Tami Daoud and senior program manager Taylor Timms share more about local work.
August 24, 2021
Playworks Founder Jill Vialet Publishes ‘Why Play Works’ ›
Play brings out the best in every kid. Over the course of 25 years since Jill Vialet founded Playworks, she and her colleagues, as well as researchers and play experts, have demonstrated precisely how and why play works to help kids learn and grow in the most positive and healthy ways. Jill gathered stories from people…
June 23, 2023 @ 10:30 AM
2023 Playworks PacNW Corporate Kickball Tournament ›
Playworks Corporate Kickball is Back in the PacNW! Corporate Kickball is an employee engagement fundraiser that gets your team out of the office and onto the kickball field for an…
A Better Recess
Instead of going back to class energized and ready to learn after recess, kids often return upset and unable to focus. We can change this. At a great recess:
Kids are at their best
Kids bring out the best in themselves and each other. They learn the value of fair play, compassion, and respect. They practice key social and emotional skills.
Kids become leaders
They run their own games and settle their disputes quickly (we recommend rock, paper, scissors) because getting along is more fun than fighting.
Kids choose to be active
When all students are included and all students know how to play popular games, every child has the opportunity to discover the joy of active play.