If you are like us, you are you are always looking for new ways to use play as an educator. Explore what’s working in schools across the country.
No matter how long you’ve been making learning playful, there is always more to discover. We hope that our collective learning can add to your toolkit. Playworks has helped educators get kids playing for more than 20 years. While we got our start at recess, teachers tell us that the games and strategies we share are lifesavers in the classroom as well. We’ve assembled our best below. Enjoy!
Recess Lab is a new project of Playworks, designed to help principals and teachers re-discover the power of play. We’re sharing tools and games that develop kids’ social skills, on and off the playground, and offering a Recess Checkup—a brief online quiz—so schools know how they’re doing.
Explore Recess Lab
Visit recesslab.org to explore our newest resources and share with a school near you.
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The Great Recess Framework is an observational tool designed to help educators and researchers evaluate and plan school recess with a holistic approach.
While physical activity levels are certainly one element of a successful recess, other aspects such as safety, adult engagement, communication, autonomy, and inclusion have often been overlooked. The Great Recess Framework observational tool was developed by practitioners at Playworks and researchers at Oregon State University. We encourage the use of our work for educational and research purposes. Download the GRF.