March 15, 2018
Whether it’s snow, rain, smog, or cold, weather can put a wrench in recess. Playworks is here to help. This toolkit draws on our 20 years of experience on playgrounds and is recommended by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Kids need physical activity every day, and they are healthier when they get to play outdoors. Fresh air, sunlight,…
February 1, 2018
At an elementary school outside of Sacramento, CA, the recess team clusters around four different pieces of butcher paper, drawing maps for TK kindergarten, primary, and upper-grade recesses and for the after-school program recreation time. This is the second day of a two-day recess deep dive, and the group is taking a fresh look at…
August 24, 2017
The CDC and SHAPE America recently released new guidelines to provide schools with strategies for a safe and healthy recess.
July 28, 2017
As teachers are preparing lesson plans, learning new curriculum, and setting up their classrooms, it is time to start prepping our collective classroom: the playground. Recess deserves back to school planning just like any other classroom. In fact, a recent Robert Woods Johnson Foundation brief recommends that schools, “Treat recess plans like lesson plans. Like classrooms, recess needs…
June 9, 2017
This game is great to develop creativity, cognitive development, application of classroom learning, and following directions. Group Size: Any Age Group: Good for all ages Equipment: Cones for each child Before You Start: Explain to the students that you are going on a journey…AROUND THE WORLD!! And you all can go anywhere in the whole…
May 24, 2017
One Playworks TeamUp recess coach shares her story
May 10, 2017
Celebrate the end of the school year with these six music-themed ideas for a great field day.
May 4, 2017
This game is great to help develop verbal communication and teamwork. Group Size: Large group (10 and up) Age Group: Good for all ages Equipment: Kickball, Cones (to create bases) Before You Start: This game can be played on a regular kickball field or by using four cones for bases in a large area. Bases should be large…
April 20, 2017
Help kids practice social skills throughout the day, not just in class.