Help students develop their social and emotional skills with these games.

Before Playworks, Leonard’s angry outbursts required two teachers’ attention to keep everyone around him safe and to calm him down. With Playworks Coach Shayla’s introduction of social and emotional skills through play, Leonard learned to manage his anger and was able to join the fun.

At Playworks, we create a place for every kid on the playground to feel included, be active, and build valuable social and emotional skills. Here are some of the games and activities our coaches use to make recess fun for all students.

Games to practice kindness

Games to build community

Games to teach conflict resolution

Games to develop cooperation

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August 16, 2018

Back to School Refresher for Recess Monitors ›

Start the school year off right by using tools to make recess fun for all. As we prepare for students to head back to school, we need to prepare not just the classroom, but the playground. Recess supervisors help make school a fun place for kids to play. The following are tools to make recess…

May 9, 2018

Designing an Inclusive Recess ›

How might we help all kids feel included at recess? Part of the answer will always be students who lead by example. But inclusion is also a recess design challenge. Small changes have a big impact on recess culture. At Playworks, we look at everything from the lines on the blacktop to how students play…

March 15, 2018

Recess in the rain… and snow… and… ›

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,…