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

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 schools 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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