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10 Books about the Playground and Recess

recess and playground books

Books for teaching socials skills about recess and the playground.

1) Billy Bully by Ana Galan and Alvaro Galan.
In this funny counting book, Billy Bully learns what it means to be a good friend.  “When Billy Bully comes to play he always takes the fun away.”  As Billy is rotten on the playground he soon finds […]

By |October 6th, 2017|Featured Articles|0 Comments

Playground Stencils: Beyond Busy, Happy, and Good

Playground stencils: Beyond “Busy, Happy, and Good”.
An ever constant mantra in teaching is “what is the learning objective?” 

When I was a principal, I remember an experience while observing a 3rd-grade classroom. Students were digging in a sand bucket for a plastic dinosaur.

In California, dinosaurs are not in the 3rd
grade course of study. Sure the students […]

By |October 5th, 2017|Featured Articles, playground|0 Comments

Physical Activity: What is it? Why is it so important?

Playground Games

 What is physical activity and why is it important?

Physical activity is any bodily exercise that enhances or maintains physical fitness and overall health or wellness.  We think of physical activity as burning energy or calories. For health benefits, physical activity should be moderate or vigorous intensity, according to the USDA.

Some examples of moderate activities include […]

By |September 8th, 2017|Featured Articles, Physical Activity|0 Comments

Mother Petitions School Board for Playground Supervision Guidelines from Peaceful Playgrounds

Playground Guidelines

After a school playground incident involving a first-grade student, a child’s mother, Mrs. Romeno petitioned the local School Board to consider playground safety guidelines from Peaceful Playgrounds designed to keep all kids safe on the playground. The incident has turned the mother into an advocate for school playground safety at Guilderland. She presented the board […]

By |July 21st, 2017|Newspapers Articles|0 Comments

Making A Difference: Lexington Students Have “Peaceful” Playground

LEXINGTON, Ky (LEX 18) Some Lexington students are kicking off the new school year with a brand new playground.

The new playground at Mary Queen of the Holy Rosary School is a series of diagrams painted on the blacktop of a parking lot.

It includes popular kids games like 4 Square, 21, bean bag tosses, and Hopscotch.

The […]

By |August 18th, 2016|News and Media|0 Comments

Physical Activity Articles (Kids)

What does moderate to vigorous physical activity mean for kids?  by Rachel DeHaven, Physical Activity Specialist, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

Simply put, moderate and vigorous are terms to explain how hard your body is working when doing that particular activity. Exercise physiologists measure activity in metabolic equivalents or METS. One MET is defined as the […]

By |August 10th, 2016|Physical Activity, Resources|0 Comments

Recess Articles

Improving Recess

Articles on Improving Recess

The 2014 School Health Policies and Practices Study by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported 82.8 percent of elementary schools provided a daily recess for all grades indoors, while fewer than two-thirds of middle schools and only 26.5 percent of high schools offered physical activity breaks outside of physical […]

By |August 10th, 2016|Recess, Resources|0 Comments

Play Articles

Listing of play articles most current articles on the top.

How Play Fits Into Social and Emotional Learning.  All of Chicago Public Schools are seeing big gains by allowing students to play.  By Jill Vialet Playworks Founder


The Critical Place of Play in Education.  U.S. Play Coalition Document.

This document is on Play in Education.

By |August 10th, 2016|Resources|0 Comments

Safer Playgrounds: Assessing Layout, Supervision, and Staff Training

The Second Step Enewsletter contained a great article on “Safer Playgrounds: Assessing Layout, Supervision, and Staff Training.”

The article covers tips and research on the physical environment on playgrounds and  playground supervision.

For additional information go to the Committee for Children website.


By |August 10th, 2016|Resources|0 Comments

Active Design in Schools

Active Design


Active Design in schools is using spaces like the asphalt and grass (which most schools have) to design activities where children can be active.

Every child deserves a healthy, positive school environment. Children’s physical, emotional and social development all benefit from daily physical activity and healthy eating. Better fitness levels are also associated with better academic […]

By |July 21st, 2016|Membership|0 Comments

ACTIVE Schools Fundraising

Do you need to raise money for your physical activity project?  You’ve come to the right place.
Peaceful Playgrounds has partnered with Safe Routes to Schools and ACTIVE SCHOOLS FUNDRAISING.
Looking for a healthy way to fundraise?  Interested in raising funds to purchase Peaceful Playgrounds products/services? Join the Safe Routes to School National Partnership on September 14th to learn about Active Schools Fundraising, […]

By |July 21st, 2016|Grants|0 Comments

10 Suggestions for a Peaceful Playground

This is a list of 10 suggestions for making your playground a peaceful place for fun and games.

 Have classroom teachers walk students around the playground on the first day of school.  Introduce playing areas and those areas that are off limit during recess.
Introduce students to playground rules and procedures. For example:  freeze at the bell, […]

By |June 16th, 2016|Resources|0 Comments

Peaceful Playgrounds’: Designed for Learning

Peaceful Playground

An ever constant mantra in teaching is “what is the learning objective?”  Is your playground a place of active learning?  When I was a principal, I remember an experience while observing a classroom of 3rd graders.  Students were digging in a sand bucket for plastic dinosaurs. In California, dinosaurs are not in the 3rd-grade course of […]

By |March 16th, 2016|Featured Articles, playground|0 Comments

Professional Learning Networks: Grow 4 it!


This blog post is written by Paul Rosengard, Consultant to the Peaceful Playgrounds Foundation. 

Follow Paul at @paulrosengard

Grow 4 It!
Part 5 – the “T” in “Grow 4 It!” stands for, “Tracking Your Plan”
Hello and welcome back to this series on professional growth – for physical educators! If you haven’t already read all 4 parts of “Grow4It!” […]

By |February 14th, 2016|Featured Articles|0 Comments

10 Rainy and Snow Day Activities for Indoor PE & Recess Requests

By |January 8th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

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