BackgroundAt Playworks, we have practical experience leveraging the power of play to radically transform school environments – starting with school playgrounds and spilling into classrooms, hallways, cafeterias and gymnasiums. We have discovered time and time again that thoughtfully designing play opportunities for kids, and prioritizing student agency and leadership in how this play happens, contributes measurably to students’ social and emotional wellbeing, not to mention their learning. Playworks (originally Sports4Kids) was founded in 1996 by Jill Vialet, after a meeting with a principal in Oakland, California, who identified recess as a particularly challenging element of the school day. Playworks’ goal is to transform recess and the school day with safe and healthy play so teachers can teach and kids can learn.
How to get involved
3-4 hours to complete the Recess Checkup and access free, online resources that will allow you to get started with Playworks with your kids
If you're a teacher or principal, you can start Playworks in your school right away! Access Playworks' free resources in the 5 Steps below to create a safe, active and fun environment for play at your school.