Play is a natural, safe way that kids can interact with people who are different and rejoice by achieving shared goals. Interacting with people who are different at a young age is good for kids. To make sure that kids have the opportunity to play with peers outside of their normal groups, adults or youth leaders can take an active role in creating groups for activities or ensuring kids feel safe enough to choose to participate in activities with others. Adults engaging kids in culturally responsive educational experiences can also help build kids’ social skills and can influence their academic success.
Inclusive school environments are essential to help every child feel safe so that they can learn and grow. At Playworks, we believe in the power of play to create inclusive environments where all children can thrive. When kids play, they engage with their peers in meaningful ways that build their sense of community as well as their own social capital.
Try using Playworks games to encourage students to play with peers they wouldn’t normally know or engage with at school by mixing up groups for the game itself or for school projects. Or try using a favorite Playworks game that intentionally encourages students to include everyone and work together.
Games to find new friends:
Games that promote inclusion: