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Twelve fun activities and games for yet another recess inside the classroom.
By February, many of us have had more indoor recess than we prefer. Teachers, paraprofessionals, coaches, and other recess monitors feel just as trapped as the students. As indoor days increase, we find ourselves in survival mode. Here are some new games and activities to make your next indoor recess a successful one…
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Don't let crazy winter weather keep you down!
We owe it to our children to create a strategic plan and coordinate efforts to make this time fun and healthy. The payoff will be huge in terms of the overall physical and mental well-being of the children....
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From exceeding our goal of serving 450,000 kids nationwide to expanding our operations into the Georgia region, there have been many big wins for Playworks, but here are our top five:
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Hula Ball is a fun game for students! #indoorrecess
Do your students get stuck indoors when it's cold, rainy or snowy? It's time to introduce some new fun, active games that can be played indoors. This week's game is similar to four square, but played with three hula hoops and a ball. The Game of the Week is Hula Ball!
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What games do you have planned for Halloween?
Hope everyone has a Healthy Halloween--full of great candy, delicious food, active play and fun! Introduce a few Halloween activities by adding new names or varied roles to your favorite games. Or try one of these Halloween-themed games:
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"Play is kids' work in that it is a form of experiential learning that contributes directly to a person's ability to handle failure, to work in teams, and to take risks." - Jill Vialet #Play
"Ultimately, play matters because people matter, and it represents one of the best opportunities in our daily lives for people to really get to know one another -- to see and truly be seen by others."...
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Are you getting outside to play?
Rain or cold temperatures doesn't need to spell the end of outdoor play. There are many ways children can benefit of playing outside in any weather.
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"Play and Dr. King both teach us that in attempting to change things for the better, the best place to start is by practicing kindness and empathy with ourselves." - Jill Vialet
I was having a conversation with a coworker about all the recent strife and conflict in the world, and the question about the relevance of the work we do arose. When people are dying and so overwhelmed by hatred and anger, does it really make a difference to be focusing on play and recess?
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Defiantly all work and no play.......mot gonna be a good day lol
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Six tips for parents (and educators) to develop thankfulness in children.
In the spirit of the upcoming holiday season, we’re thinking a lot about thankfulness and gratitude here at Playworks. So we posed the question: How do we create thankful kids? After much discussion and reading, we’d like to share six tips for parents (and educators) to develop thankfulness in children.
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What steps do you take to help children develop social-emotional skills?
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The power of play is immense! In this fabulous TED Talk, Jill Vialet shares "Play matters because it reminds us of our interdependence, and it gives us a chance to really see other people and in turn to be really and truly seen." Please watch and share:
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I'm simply put a man w\o achildhood . This is an immeasurably close to home issue that as of late i have been putting seriously intense thought into...., children need to play laugh ans simply be KIDS in order to attain the need resources to achieve adolescence and adulthood In a functional meter. 
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Physical activity improves student behavior, focus and performance, for students with and without ADHD
When students sit down to complete classwork, it’s not always the academics that challenges them. For some students, it’s the sitting. Our bodies are made to move, especially children’s bodies. And when seated for hours of the day, focusing on academic work isn’t always easy.
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We create a place for every kid on the playground -- a place where every kid belongs, has fun and is a part of the game.

Principals tell us that nearly all discipline-related problems in school occur during lunch and recess. Instead of going back to class energized and ready to learn, the kids return to class upset and unable to focus.

We can change this. Recess should be fun and energetic and safe and inclusive for everyone. Isn't that what we want for all kids in elementary school today?

When recess becomes a healthy, integral part of the school day, kids carry that positive experience with them beyond the playground.