Tuesday’s Taste of the Corporate Playbook: Over/Under

Over/Under

Outdoor Cooperative Game

Length of Activity: 5 minutes

Required materials: 1 ball for each team

How to Play:

  • Have teams line up behind each other, spreading out one arm’s length distance apart.
  • Starting at the front of the line, teams must pass back the ball either over their head or under their legs, alternating methods with each person.
  • When the last person in line gets the ball, he or she runs to the front of the line and starts passing the ball back again.
  • The team is finished when the first person is back at the front of the line.

This game requires a lot of focus and is a great way to energize the office. Take a break from your work and try out these unorthodox movements for a fun competition with your coworkers.

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Playground Story of the Week

A positive playground story from Coach Blake

Playworks’ Junior Coach program allows students to help our coaches facilitate recess, and more importantly has the power to teach these students valuable, wide-ranging skills along the way. The following story exemplifies how the power of the Junior Coach program significantly improved one student’s attitude and focus on responsibilities.


          A student who I will call John is a 3rd grader new to the school and a year older than most of his classmates. In the beginning of the school year, I was able to have him out at recess with me or in charge of the equipment. He was labeled as the “bad kid” and in the “bad class” by some of the students, and unfortunately, his poor behavior in class was resolved by having him skip recess. His teacher, the school’s resource team, and I have been collaborating on what we could do to maximize his time with positivity. John does very well whenever he is with me, so I thought it would good to make him a Junior Coach. However, Junior Coaches are traditionally for 4th and 5th graders only, so I created “Freshman Coaches” as an opportunity for 3rd graders to contribute to their school through leadership.

          They are allowed to “work” before school recess if they are exhibiting good leadership skills. I saw this as a great opportunity for John. I talked to him and his teacher about the conditions to which he can participate and how excited I was to have him join. He has been with me for 2 days and I can already see an improvement in his choices and attitude. John thrives when he has responsibilities and tasks to complete. According to one of his resource teachers, John comes to her after recess excited and proud of being a Freshman Coach. I am so happy that he enjoys being a Freshman Coach, and that it is positively impacting him. I can not wait to see how he grows the rest of the year.

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Tuesday’s Taste of the Corporate Playbook: Double Hot Potato

Double Hot Potato

Minute Move & Energizer

Length of Activity: 5 minutes

Required materials: 2 balls

How to Play:

  • Form a circle and place the two balls on opposite sides of the circle.
  • Pass the balls in the same direction as fast as possible, just like hot potato.
  • The goal is for one ball to catch the other.
  • Don’t be stuck with the ball that gets caught!

This game is a great way to open up a boardroom meeting where people are already sitting in a circle. Quickly energize the team with this game’s simple setup and rules.

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Tuesday’s Taste of the Corporate Playbook: Blindfold Pickup

Blindfold Pickup

Indoor Cooperative Game

Length of Activity: 15 minutes

Required materials: Lots of small office materials

How to Play:

  • Pair up with one person blindfolded/keeping eyes closed and one person communicating.
  • It is the communicator’s job to lead his or her partner through the obstacle-filled office, picking up designated items and bringing them back to the drop-off zone.
  • The first pair to successfully bring back all of the items wins.

Blindfold Pickup is a great way to strengthen office teamwork and trust, while boosting its energy as well. This game has a simple setup and infinite variations. Find out which pair has the best communication, but make sure to pay attention to the right voice!

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Playground Story of the Week

A positive playground story from Coach Ryan

Playworks has the power to bring out the best in every kid! Playworks coaches work hard to establish positive school environments, as fun and safe play can positively impact each student’s development. The following story highlights one of our coach’s most memorable and rewarding experience.


          Being a Playworks coach is one of the most fun and exciting jobs a person could have. The only issue a coach might experience is only being able to be in one place at a time. Kids want and need your attention everyday. You do all you can, whenever you can, to be as available as possible. Having said that, this month I’ve had many kids ask me to attend their school play this month. I told the kids that I would do my best attend one of the three showings, but it is an after school event which can be hard to attend. Every day dating back until February, they would pester me until I gave them a definite answer. The week of the show, they asked me one last time and I told them that unfortunately I could not attend, but wished them luck. Little did they know that I would surprise all of them and cheer them on. The day of the play came and I showed up a little early to see their faces glow like it was Christmas morning. I felt like I gave them a little bit of a confidence boost because they had said they felt so nervous before the play. After the show, I had numerous students introduce their parents to me to tell me they were so happy that I tricked and surprised them by attending the show. It was so great because I was able to make so many students’ days, while also being able to meet many new parents.

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