Tuesday’s Taste of the Corporate Playbook: Bookworm

Bookworm

Outdoor Cooperative Game

Length of Activity: 5 minutes

Required materials: 1 Book/notepad for each team

How to Play:

  • Form teams and line up with a designated marker across the field.
  • One at a time, race to a marker and back while balancing a book on your heads (without using hands to touch the book).
  • Whenever the book falls, you must freeze and place the book back on your head before continuing.
  • The first team with all its members back in line wins.

See who has the best balance in the office with this fun relay race. This game puts more emphasis on balance than speed, so choose your teams wisley! This cooperative game perfect for a fun and easy office break.

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Playground Story of the Week

A positive playground story from Coach Michael

Playworks provides various after school leagues to give students additional opportunities for safe and inclusive play, focusing on just one sport. These leagues teach skills for each specific sport, while also teaching important team-building and developmental skills. The following story demonstrates how these leagues are truly important for helping students new to the game gain confidence in trying new things.


          One of the coolest things about Playworks Leagues is seeing the growth from the first game to the last. Girls’ Basketball especially was a great time this year. One particular girl who I will call Samantha, was very shy and felt intimidated for the first two games. It was hard even to get a smile out of her. It seemed she lacked confidence in herself, making it difficult for her to move around, call for the ball, or take shots to the hoop.

          It wasn’t until the third practice/game when she really started to shine. Something ignited in her and she became much more comfortable being a part of the team. From that point on, she was moving up and down the court, making herself open for passes, and even shooting the ball when she got the chance. I could see she was trying her best, getting rid of any uncertainties, worries, or nervousness. It felt like I had a completely new player on the team! It was awesome to witness such success in someone who started out feeling so unsure of herself.

          For the rest of the season, she ended up being one of the best players on the team. She was making plays and was always there for her teammates. The turn around from week one to the final week was huge, and I was happy to be a part of it. This is why Playworks Leagues are so important: she is now more outgoing, all around happier, and I am sure she will continue to shine as the years go by.

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Tuesday’s Taste of the Corporate Playbook: Shoeless Joe Jackson

Shoeless Joe Jackson

Outdoor Cooperative Game

Length of Activity: 5 minutes

Required materials: none

How to Play:

  • Form even teams and place a cone/marker on the other end of a field.
  • The first time, speed walk to the far marker and remove one shoe, then speed walk back and go to the end of the line.
  • On the team’s second time, remove the other shoe at the marker, speed walk back and go to the end of the line.
  • The third time through, find your shoes in the shoe pile, put them both on, and speed walk back to the end of the line.
  • The first team for everyone to have their shoes back on and in line wins.

Hobble your way to victory with this fun relay race. If the office is looking for an excuse to get some fresh air this simple game is a great way to relieve some stress.

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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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