Playworks Wisconsin

Playworks' mission is to improve the health and well-being of all children by increasing opportunities for physical activity and safe, meaningful play.

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All kids deserve the social, emotional, and physical benefits of play. We help schools and youth programs create healthy play environments where every child can join in.

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January 17, 2023

Mid-Year Impact Report ›

Playworks Wisconsin is excited to share our Mid-Year Impact Report with you! In this Impact Report you can find our impact numbers so far this year and our recent case study on our Junior Coach Leadership Program. Read it now! IMPACT REPORT

January 10, 2023

Understanding the Complex Simplicities of Play ›

Play is a behavior that is natural and has existed for thousands of years and across species. It combines a set of made-up rules or norms and a willingness to explore. Researchers, scientists, and doctors have studied the effects of play on kids–and adults–and understand that this natural behavior has tremendous benefits. As the American…

October 27, 2022

Tipoff Week with the Milwaukee Bucks! ›

Playworks Wisconsin had an awesome Tipoff Week with the Milwaukee Bucks before their home opener! Our students and Junior Coaches were so excited to get to see the Milwaukee Bucks’ Rim Rockers and Bango at their school! The Rim Rockers visited Rogers St. Academy and Browning Elementary School for some highflying trampoline dunks and to…

August 24, 2022

Playworks Wisconsin 2021-2022 Impact Report ›

For the last 10 years, Playworks Wisconsin has given kids foundational skills for success on the playground, in the classroom, and in the community. We are the leading organization that leverages play to promote healthy behaviors and increase social and emotional learning, at recess and throughout the school day. Last school year alone, Playworks Wisconsin…

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March 02, 2023 @ 6:30 PM

2023 Rock Paper Scissors Tournament ›

Lakefront Brewery is partnering with Playworks Wisconsin to crown a Rock, Paper, Scissors champion on March 2, 2023. Join us and see if you can take the belt! Bring your…

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A Better Recess


Instead of going back to class energized and ready to learn after recess, kids often return upset and unable to focus. We can change this. At a great recess:

Kids are at their best

Kids bring out the best in themselves and each other. They learn the value of fair play, compassion, and respect. They practice key social and emotional skills.

Kids become leaders

They run their own games and settle their disputes quickly (we recommend rock, paper, scissors) because getting along is more fun than fighting.

Kids choose to be active

When all students are included and all students know how to play popular games, every child has the opportunity to discover the joy of active play.

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Playworks Wisconsin
PO Box 1603
Milwaukee, WI 53201

PJ Dever, Executive Director

pj.dever@playworks.org

         

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