February 1, 2018

The Rise of the Recess Team ›

At a recent Playworks training, 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 how to organize…

August 24, 2017

CDC + Shape Recess Guidelines ›

The CDC and SHAPE America recently released new guidelines to provide schools with strategies for a safe and healthy recess.

July 28, 2017

Summer Recess Checklist ›

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. “Treat recess plans like lesson plans,” recommends a recent Robert Woods Johnson Foundation brief. “Like classrooms, recess needs a leader and a plan for organization, conflict resolution, interactions, and transition. Supporting…

June 9, 2017

Game of the Month: Journey Around the World ›

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

Recess, the Playworks Way ›

One Playworks TeamUp recess coach shares her story

May 10, 2017

Six Games to Create a Rock Star Day of Play ›

Celebrate the end of the school year with these six music-themed ideas for a great field day.

May 4, 2017

Game of the Month: Ultimate Kickball ›

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…

Playworks games help develop emotional intelligence
Playworks games help develop emotional intelligence

April 20, 2017

6 Ways to Improve Social Skills at Recess ›

Help kids practice social skills throughout the day, not just in class.

April 7, 2017

Game of the Month: Morph ›

On the playground, most conflicts can be solved with a good ol’ fashioned game of Rock, Paper, Scissors (ro-sham-bo). Use this simple playground tool as a means to increase cooperation and communication as students are challenged to evolve from eggs to Superheros! Can your students all become Super Heroes and fly high around the playground?