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Purpose of Brain Breaks

Well designed Brain Breaks accomplish three purposes: 1) they refresh students, 2) they refocus students for learning and 3) they re-energize students.

Every teacher has experience the glazed look from students who basically need a break.  Kids check-out when sitting and listening for a long period of time.  Once kids begin to check […]

By |March 13th, 2014|Resources, Uncategorized|0 Comments

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By |March 11th, 2014|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Brain Breaks: Basic and Supercharged

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Purpose of Brain Breaks
Well designed Brain Breaks accomplish three purposes: 1) they refresh students, 2) they refocus students for learning and 3) they re-energize students.

Every teacher has experience the glazed look from students who basically need a break.  When kids get tired or bored, they tend to check out.  Once kids begin to check out– […]

By |January 22nd, 2014|Featured Articles, Physical Activity|0 Comments

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By |January 16th, 2014|News and Media, Newsletter|0 Comments

Why School Recess Makes Kids Smarter

Recess makes kids smarter


According to a second grader, Allison Rincand, her favorite activity at school,   “Recess because I get to play with my friends.”  Her response mirrors the majority of children in elementary school where over 80% of students rate recess as their favorite subject.

For decades most people have assumed that recess was unimportant, and its primary contribution […]

By |December 30th, 2013|Featured Articles, Recess|0 Comments

Five Tips for Making Your Playground Kid Friendly

5 tips kid friendly playground

By Dr. Melinda Bossenmeyer

I watched a less popular girl, Allison, walk up to a group of four girls who were playing a game of four-square. As she approached and asked, “Can I play?” she was quickly rebuffed. “The game is closed,” Janey, the ring leader, announced.

Given the school is a Peaceful Playgrounds’ school, I was […]

By |December 2nd, 2013|Featured Articles, playground|0 Comments

Play Nice Newsletter Archive

The Play Nice Newsletter archive hosts the twice monthly posting of the Play Nice Newsletter.  It is usually published on the first and 15th of each month.  The Play Nice Newsletter covers topics such as: recess, PE, children’s health, school playgrounds, nutrition, physical activity and childhood obesity.

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5 Tips for a Kid […]

By |November 18th, 2013|Newsletter|0 Comments

Comfortable Cafeterias

Comfortable Cafeteria

The notion of comfortable cafeterias was first promoted by the Montana Team Nutrition Network. Comfortable Cafeterias have three main goals: improve learning, behavior and student health. Some best practices for ensuring a comfortable and pleasant environment for students to eat is 1) a Recess Before Lunch schedule, 2) adequate time to eat and 3)a […]

By |November 14th, 2013|Resources, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Recess Makes Kids Smarter: Scholastic Magazine

Recess makes kids smarter

By Caralee Adams, Instructor Magazine

Each day in the classroom kids are being told: “Be quiet. Sit still. Be quiet. Sit still,” says Nelly Torres, a parent of a first and a fourth grader in the Chicago Public Schools. “That’s because they need their recess.”

Torres, 42, still lives in the same neighborhood she grew up in. […]

By |October 30th, 2013|Magazines, News and Media|0 Comments

Open Badges Courses – Peaceful Playgrounds

New Recess Doctor Logo

Think of open badges as an online resume,  portfolio or a demonstration of skills you learn in a variety of places.  Get recognition for skills you learn anywhere that is coordinated and displayed in the new online system.

Open Badges are information-rich. Each badge has important data built in that links back to the […]

By |October 8th, 2013|Online Learning|0 Comments

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Please enter your login and password to begin the course.   Return to the online learning menu and locate your course to begin.

At the end of the course you will receive a certificate and open badge upon passing a quiz.

By |September 21st, 2013|Online Learning|0 Comments

Playground project adds interactive playground map

U.S. map on the Menallen Elementary School playground

The parents and the staff of the Menallen Elementary School playground committee have been striving for two years to make the outside play area a nicer and safer environment for the students, and a recently attained fun and an interactive playground map brings them one step closer.

Parent and committee member Shelly May recently entered a […]

By |September 16th, 2013|News and Media, Newspapers Articles|0 Comments

New playground games promote peaceful play

Peaceful Playgrounds Mac Arthur school

By Kate Thayer TribLocal reporter

Recess isn’t just about swinging and sliding for some students in District 54. Instead, they’re playing problem-solving playground games with the aid of colorful drawings on the blacktop.

This year, Douglas MacArthur Elementary School in Hoffman Estates became the third school in the district to begin the Peaceful Playground program. In the […]

By |September 16th, 2013|News and Media, Newspapers Articles|0 Comments

School Recess gets a dose of peace at Nottingham West in Hudson

physical activity

Danielle Curtis

Photo by : William Wrobel  The Telegraph

When one player made a mistake and wanted a “do-over,” others reminded him that was against the rules, and he quietly, if somewhat unhappily, returned to playing.

And in another area of the Hudson school’s playground, students picked teams for a kickball game, choosing players based on the color […]

By |September 16th, 2013|News and Media, Newspapers Articles|0 Comments

School Days: Peaceful Playground has students on the move and reducing bullying.

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Talbott Spring Elementary Aims to Reduce Bullying and Conflicts.

By Lauren Rosenberg

Bullying reduction comes in many different forms.  Armed with cans of red, yellow, lime green and blue paint and rolls of masking tape, approximately 15 parents and staff members, along with a half-dozen students from Talbott Springs Elementary School, spent April 30 painting various shapes […]

By |September 16th, 2013|News and Media, Newspapers Articles|0 Comments

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