Playground Story of the Week

A positive playground story from Coach Ryan

Playworks has the power to bring out the best in every kid! Fun and safe play can positively impact each student’s development, no matter his or her background. The following instance displays how friendly competition among students can lead to healthier lifestyle changes even outside of recess.


          Getting 5th grade girls to participate at recess can sometimes be difficult. Playing tag has gotten them involved from time to time, but it doesn’t seem to last. Recently, a few of the girls received fitbits from family members and the students absolutely love tracking their steps throughout the day. Luckily, I have one myself and for a few weeks they would come up to me to see where I was for my step count. Every time I would be much further along than they were because I am outside pretty much all day. To get them more involved, I started an incentive system with these students. If any of them could out step me by the end of the day then I would do different things, like do a funny dance, tell them a joke, or give them Gotcha Cards, which are the school incentives for prizes. This has become very popular at the school and has been especially impactful for the girls because it has gotten more students to join the competition. It is also great because they know that they need to start bright and early if they want to keep up with me. A couple of parents told me that they have noticed an increase in active play and active movement from their children at home. It is great to hear that students are being productive outside of school.

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Tuesday’s Taste of the Corporate Playbook: Tip It Over, Pick It Up

Tip It Over, Pick It Up

Minute Move & Energizer

Length of Activity: 5-10 minutes

Required materials: Office materials that can be flipped or knocked over

How to Play:

  • Using any office material that can be flipped or knocked over, place them around a designated area with half facing up/stood up and half facing down/knocked over (such as paper, notepads, tissue boxes, water bottles, etc.)
  • In two teams, one team will try to knock down the items, and the other will try to pick up the items as fast as possible.
  • After one minute, count how many items are stood up and how many are knocked down
  • The team with more of their items stood up or knocked down wins.

This quick-paced game is a great icebreaker or energizer for the office. This game has a simple objective, but is a fun and easy way to destress at work.

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Tuesday’s Taste of the Corporate Playbook: Relay Lock Race

Relay Lock Race

Outdoor Cooperative Game

Length of Activity: 5 minutes

Required materials: None

How to Play:

  • In pairs, stand back-to-back and interlock both arms.
  • Without letting go, both people must make their way to the designated marker and back as fast as possible.
  • To turn into a team relay race, once the first pair gets back to the line, the next pair on the team must go in the same manner.

Trust your partner to master the sideways walk in this cooperative game. This is great for an office break while also strengthening teamwork and trust.

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Playground Story of the Week

A positive playground story from Coach Andres

Playworks has the power to bring out the best in every kid! Fun and safe play can positively impact each student’s development, no matter his or her background. The following story shows how inclusive play at recess was able to significantly boost the confidence of a quiet student.


          A student who I will call David is 5th grade student with a certain disability that causes him to be very quiet. He rarely speaks to anyone or says more than 3 words to anybody besides his guardian. So naturally, it is difficult for him to play games with others during recess. Early in the school year his guardian asked if I could try to get him involved with other students during recess time and play any kind of game. Every day during recess for the next 3 weeks I would ask David to join the game being played at the time; these games range from four square to tag to basketball. His response would be either a simple “No” or he would stay quiet and walk away from me. Finally after 3 weeks, he agreed to play a game of basketball with me and other students. It was easy to tell that he was having a great time and getting along with all the other students. Ever since that day, on his own, he talked to more students during recess and even occasionally asked me to play basketball with him. He still has his quiet days where he doesn’t want to talk or play with anyone, but there are more days he is very outgoing.

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Tuesday’s Taste of the Corporate Playbook: Three-legged Race

Three-legged Race

Outdoor Cooperative Game

Length of Activity: 5 minutes

Required materials: String/tape/other binding material

How to Play:

  • Pair up and tie your adjacent legs together with string, tape, or any sufficient material laying around the office.
  • Hobble to a designated marker and back as fast as possible.
  • To turn into a team relay race, once the first pair gets back to the line, the next pair on the team must go in the same manner.

Being attached by the leg is sure to establish a stronger bond with your partner in this game. Cooperate and coordinate your movements for the best results. Who knew walking could be this difficult!

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