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!


Bring Playworks to Your School

Big changes start small.

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We’re Opening Up Our Playbook

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 to explore our newest resources and share with a school near you.

Visit Recess Lab

Explore our Games Library

Need a game for 30 kindergarteners, indoors, in a pinch? Trying to convince 5th graders to share the basketball court? We have you covered.


  • Large Group (10 and up)

  • Grades 1-2

  • None

  1. Recess Games
  2. Tag Games

Mannequin Tag ›

  • Grades 1-2

  • No equipment needed

One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish ›

Tools & Tips

February 20, 2018

What if every student had an Inspired Teacher? ›

The Inspired Teaching Residency prepares exceptional individuals for successful and sustainable careers as teachers and changemakers in Washington, DC. Truly valuing the complexity and importance of the teaching profession, the Inspired Teaching Residency recognizes that investing the necessary time into teacher preparation is in the best interest of students. Inspired Teaching Fellows learn to be…

April 20, 2017

6 Way to Improve Kids’ Social Skills at Recess ›

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

October 21, 2011

Four Conflict Resolution Techniques for School Children ›

Teaching kids to resolving conflicts build confident, empowered youth.

February 16, 2017

Five Transitions to the Classroom So Kids are Ready to Learn ›

Save valuable class time by using fun activities to get kids from the playground or lunchroom to the classroom.

Funding and Grants

We hope these resources may help you find available grants and write a compelling application to support Playworks services.


Grant Resources

Find resources that could help you bring Playworks to your organization.

Grant Writing Assistance

Check out tips, sample Playworks narratives, and evidence-based research to help you write a successful grant application.