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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

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

Physical Activity Resources

This listing of Physical Activity resources for classroom teachers, P.E. teachers and physical activity coordinators have moved to our member site. 







Featured Articles

Physical Activity in Schools.

Making the Case for Kids Moving More

Low Cost High Activity Playgrounds


By |January 9th, 2015|Resources|0 Comments

Playground Safety Resources

On this page you will find playground safety resources which you can use to help keep children on your playground safe.  This list of playground safety resources is meant to provide you with resources and guidelines for improving your playground.

Related information:

School Playgrounds Can be Safe

Playground Liability: Accident or Injury

When is it too cold for recess?

When […]

By |January 9th, 2015|Resources|0 Comments

US Map Stencil and World Map Stencil Resources

U.S. Map Stencil Games

US Map Stencil Games Book
The US Map Stencil book has 20 new games to encourage outdoor learning activities.

Games Include: Capitol Toss, State Word Search,  East to West, Capitol Match, Capitol Spelling Challenge, Hands Across America, Exercise By Number, State Relay, Knock Off, State Abbreviation Relay, State Shake Walk, Guess and Travel, Where I’ve Been, Name […]

By |June 4th, 2014|Resources|0 Comments

Recess Advocacy Tool Kit

Download Your Free Right to Recess Took Kit !
Don’t forget to visit our Right to Recess Webpage for more ideas and tools on saving recess.


By |March 19th, 2014|Resources|0 Comments

Brain Breaks Resources

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

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

Instructional Playground Games DVD

Now it is easier than ever to spread the power of the Peaceful Playgrounds Program with the Instructional Playground Games DVD.

A ground-breaking set of three DVD’s and three accompanying Rules Guides is now available, that can be used by teachers and students alike, to easily learn how many exciting and constructive playground […]

By |January 16th, 2013|Resources|Comments Off on Instructional Playground Games DVD

Right to Recess Campaign

Saving School Recess

Put simply we  believe that all children have a right to recess.

Experts agree that playtime can be just as vital as classroom time to a child’s social, emotional and educational development.

Despite mounting evidence that kids need an outlet to blow off steam, learn to interact with others and get the exercise they need, […]

By |December 9th, 2012|Resources, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Recess Before Lunch

Thinking about recess before lunch?  These resources will help.

As you may know, I’m a retired principal but I’d be the first to admit that changing the education system is a lot like turn a huge cruise ship in a small harbor. Possible but not probable and it requires lots of maneuvering.

However, a few brave principals […]

By |December 9th, 2012|Featured Articles, Recess, Resources|1 Comment

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