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    The Be Active Your Way Set of 5 posters provide suggestions for an active lifestyle.   The posters suggest being active every day, walking to schools begins an active day, and playing sports brings fun everyday.  Great for a health lesson or encouraging kids to unplug from technology and go outside and play.   Dr. Melinda Bossenmeyer Founder/President Peaceful Playgrounds, Inc. ©2015 Bossenmeyer All Rights Reserved.
  • Grab this set of Thanksgiving Brain Break Cards that are sure to motivate active learning. Brain Breaks help to focus children, re-energize them and get them up and moving in a classroom. Students have fun with a Thanksgiving “themed” set of 16 brain break cards. Some examples include: Walk around shaking hands and saying "howdy pilgrim", do the pilgrim shuffle, do an Indian dance and alternating knee touches.
  • School Playground Report

    This is a pdf download of a playground or recess report form. Put the 8.5" by 11" (4) report form on the copier and track playground incidents.
  • Enjoy this kids favorite from the Popular Games Series. Turkey Tails is a fast paced, fun and challenging dodging and quick movement game. Say goodbye to video games this game will quickly become your students' favorite game. Limited supplies needed (an old sock for each child) and you have everything you need. Check out our other games in our POPULAR GAMES SERIES coming soon. A sure hit for K-8.
  • Enjoy this set of dice for indoor recess or physical education activities. Roll the number die for the number of repetitions to perform the sports motion. Roll the sports die to determine the sports activity. Students take turns rolling the dice and can make up a sports motion like striking if the die lands on the baseball player. Students can make their own dice prior to playing the activity.
  • Enjoy this set of dice for indoor recess or physical education activities.  Roll the number die for the number of repetitions to perform the exercises.  Roll the exercise die to determine the exercise.  Students take turns rolling the dice and leading exercises. Students can make their own dice prior to playing the activity. Great for Rainy Day or Snow Day Activities or indoor recess.
  • Enjoy this set of dice for indoor recess or physical education activities.  Roll the number die for the number of repetitions to perform the various soccer actions.    Students take turns rolling the dice and leading soccer actions and exercise motions. Students can make their own dice prior to playing the activity. Great for Rainy Day or Snow Day Activities or indoor recess.   Print dice. Cut out dice. Laminate if preferred.
  • Enjoy this set of dice for indoor recess or physical education activities.  Roll the number die for the number of repetitions to perform the various baseball actions.    Students take turns rolling the dice and leading baseball actions and exercise motions. Students can make their own dice prior to playing the activity. Great for Rainy Day or Snow Day Activities or indoor recess. Print dice. Cut out dice. Laminate if preferred.
  • Enjoy this set of dice for indoor recess or physical education activities.  Roll the number die for the number of repetitions to perform the various  outdoor playground actions.    Students take turns rolling the dice and leading outdoor playground actions and exercise motions. Students can make their own dice prior to playing the activity. Great for Rainy Day or Snow Day Activities or indoor recess. Print dice. Cut out dice. Laminate if preferred.
  • Enjoy this set of dice for indoor recess or physical education activities.  Roll the number die for the number of repetitions to perform the various  basketball actions.    Students take turns rolling the dice and leading basketball actions and exercise motions. Students can make their own dice prior to playing the activity. Great for Rainy Day or Snow Day Activities or indoor recess.
  • Enjoy this set of dice for indoor recess or physical education activities.  Roll the number die for the number of repetitions to perform the various  football actions.    Students take turns rolling the dice and leading football actions and exercise motions. Students can make their own dice prior to playing the activity. Great for Rainy Day or Snow Day Activities or indoor recess.
  • Playground Supervision

    Serious accidents which occur in schools typically happen on the playground, and often playground supervision is a contributing factor. In fact, approximately 200,000 accidents each year send children to the emergency room for treatment of an injury which occurred on the school playground. The following tips are designed to increase the quality of the playground supervision in your school, insuring that children are safe on your playground.
  • "I Spy" is a student favorite! This set comes with a colored "I Spy" sheet, a black and white "I Spy" sheet and a direction sheet with answer key. Duplicate the printable or put pages in a plastic sleeve and use a dry erase marker or crayon over-and-over again. This activity is great for rainy or snow day recess and Physical Education or for students who must sit out due to illness or injury. 8 pages  
  • This set comes with a colored “I Spy” sheet, a black and white “I Spy” sheet and a direction sheet with answer key. Duplicate the printable or put pages in a plastic sleeve and use a dry erase marker or crayon over-and-over again. This activity is great for rainy or snow day recess and Physical Education or for students who must sit out due to illness or injury.
  • Keeping Kids Cool at School

    As most of the nation heads back to school facing triple-digit heat, schools face the challenges associated with outdoor recess and overheated classrooms. Principals and physical educators will face daily decisions regarding children’s heat health on the playground. In this article, we will review some information regarding different playground challenges and solutions to those problems. Of particular concern to schools is that “kids absorb more heat than adults while sweating less. The result is kids have a greater propensity for heat cramps, exhaustion or heat stroke”, according to Dr. Melinda Bossenmeyer, also known as the Recess Doctor. Too Hot to Play? So how hot is too hot for physical activity? The determination depends on a number of factors including...... more.
  • Sale!
    The brief checklist talks about 5 things schools can do immediately to reduce playground injuries.  This article is written by Peaceful Playgrounds Founder, Dr. Melinda Bossenmeyer.
  • Improving your Playground

    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 surprised at the response because of the “You can’t say, ‘You can’t play’” mantra. Allison, whose disappointment was obvious, turned to play another game. Fortunately, the playground was filled with alternate game choices and two other four-square courts. Allison selected one of those courts and soon was happily involved in another four-square game. This time she didn’t ask, but rather waited in line by the letter D. Permission: is it a good idea?
  • 10 Tips for Getting Your Grant Funded

    This article will share ten tips from my experience in getting a school grant funded.  It is just one of many resources found on the Peaceful Playgrounds website for writing and securing grants for schools. It is important to remember that a  grant is more than funding.  Once funds are received the real work of implementing your idea or project begins.
  • Given the value of recess in a student’s physical and social development, and the need for periodic breaks from classroom instruction, using recess as punishment is inappropriate. Listed below are some alternatives to withholding recess. ZERO-COST ALTERNATIVES 1. Sit by friends 2. Watch a video 3. Read outdoors 4. Teach the class 5. Have extra art time
  • Most schools strictly enforce classroom rules and procedures in order to maintain a safe classroom environment for students. When students go to the playground for recess the classroom rules are not adequate for some playground behaviors. For this reason, playground supervisors or paraprofessionals sometimes find themselves without a protocol for handing discipline issues unique to the playground. This professional article by Dr. Melinda Bossenmeyer covers how teachers and playground supervisors should respond to inappropriate behavior on the playground and steps to take when the behavior continues.
  • Professional Article by Dr. Melinda Bossenmeyer This article talks about the benefits of the regular physical activity.
    Physical activity helps with weight management. Regular physical activity is important for children for a variety of reasons, not the least of which is the long-term health benefits. Physical activity also aids in maintaining a healthy weight.  In addition to long-term health benefits, children also benefit from keeping active.
    Some of the additional benefits are: Decreases chance depression, helps with sleeping at night, strengthens bones and muscles, helps with maintaining a healthy weight, and active children enjoy the ability to move easily. This article also covers the how children become more active, utilizing the outdoor environment for physical activity, and the link between physical activity and academics.
  • Did you implement and maintain adequate supervision?
    In this article, I will share with you some words of wisdom I have learned serving as an expert witness in court cases. One key in all of the cases has been whether Administration implemented and maintained active playground supervision. Negligent supervision is a contributing factor in 40% of all injury cases, so training school staff plays a huge role in reducing injuries and potential avoidance of District liability. This article will also cover litigation and suggestions for how to avoid it.
  • A fortune teller  is an origami used for children's games.  Children love the hand games and choices inherent in the Fortune Teller Game.  Use the Move Your Body Fortune Teller Game to determine the choice of exercise and the number of repetitions children will perform. This is a great activity for encouraging exercise in a fun manner.  You can use the Move Your Body fortune teller for pairing 2 kids for exercising or use one fortune teller in front of the whole class and pick students to pick an exercise based on their Fortune Teller selection. The set contains a colored Move Your Body Fortune Teller, a black and white Move Your Body Fortune Teller and a Blank Fortune Teller to download and let children fill adding exercises making their own. Scanning the QR Code provides a You Tube Video of a student demonstrating and explaining how to fold the Fortune Teller.    
  • Enjoy this set of Elementary School Physical Education Equipment Labels. Set includes 31 illustrated labels with 5 blank labels to add in additional equipment. Print and laminate.
  • This set includes 35 equipment labels for secondary physical education. Playground Balls, Bean Bags,Soccer Balls, Basketballs,Volleyballs, Softballs, Scoops, Bats,Kick Balls, Jump Ropes Single, Long Jump Ropes, Scoops, Bases, Cones, Footballs, Hoops, Frisbee's, Golf, Football Flags/Belts, Tennis, Hockey, Shin Guards, Gloves, Loaner Shirts, Loaner Shorts, Locks, Shoes, Chest Protector, Task Cards, Posters, Mats, Chest Protectors, Hockey Pucks, Music Supplies, 5 Blank Labels and more.
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    Grab this set of Halloween Brain Break Activities that's sure to motivate active learning.  Brain Breaks help  children to focus, re-energize them and get them up and moving in a classroom.  Students have fun with a "themed" set of 12 brain break cards.  Some examples include a Cat Walk, Witches Whirling, Tossing Jack-o-Lanterns and Skip around the Brew Pot. ©2014 Bossenmeyer All Rights Reserved. For single classroom use only. Do not duplicate. A site license is available for multiple users. (Clip Art by Melonheadz Doodles)      
  • Fall Theme Brain Breaks

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    NOVEMBER FREE DOWNLOAD Grab this set of Fall Theme Brain Breaks  that’s sure to motivate active learning.  Brain Breaks help to focus children, re-energize them and get them up and moving in a classroom.  Students have fun with a “themed” set of 12 brain break cards.  Some examples include: Apple picking, Acorn Toss, Leaves, Wheel barrel, Fall, Hot Coco, Pumpkin Hop, Cat, Autumn, Juggling, and Black Bird.
  • The Peaceful Playgrounds set of Exercise Cards are easy to use and describe the exercises in the set,  as well as, have an illustration for each task card.  They are a great idea for brain break activities inside or perfect for warm up exercises in physical education class held outside. The digital download provides instant access to the pdf format of 12 exercise cards.  This makes a great edition to the Peaceful Playgrounds line of products for  a quick instant activity or warm up that can be student led.
  • Brain Break: Spring

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    Spring Brain Break Cards Grab this set of Spring Brain Break Cards that’s sure to motivate active learning.  Brain Breaks help to focus children, re-energize them and get them up and moving in a classroom.  Students have fun with a “themed” set of 16 brain break cards.  Some examples include:  hop like a bunny, use your arms to soar like a bird, and  pretend your dancing in the rain to name a few.
    ©2015 Bossenmeyer
    Printable version * Print pages on card stock * Laminate if you prefer *Cut out cards. *Hole punch and put on a ring. * Check our other Brain Break Activities in Virtual Store Catalog.
  • Brain Breaks: Beach Day

    $4.00$20.00
    Grab this set of Beach Day Brain Break Cards that are sure to motivate active learning.  Brain Breaks help to focus children, re-energize them and get them up and moving in a classroom.  Students have fun with a Beach Day “themed” set of 19 brain break cards.  Some examples include:  jump the waves, walk like a crab, and fly like a seagull.
  • PLEASE NOTE- UPDATED 2019

    Today although a nuisance, there are many positive activities appropriate for rainy days that keep kids active and burn off excess energy allowing students to focus and sit during afternoon lessons. I’ve scanned the list for activities that could be conducted for indoor recess or physical education activities on inclement days. Please leave comments. Visit www.peacefulplaygrounds.com for additional resources.
  • A fortune teller is an origami used for children’s games. Children love the hand games and choices inherent in the Fortune Teller Games. Use the Soccer Fortune Teller Game to for a competitive game of indoor soccer on rainy days, snow days or for indoor recess and P.E. Kids will love this easy to play and highly entertaining game that's easy to make and inexpensive. Just print and scan the QR code for easy to follow instructions for students. The set contains a colored Fortune Teller, a black and white Fortune Teller and a Design- Your-Own-Game Fortune Teller to download and let children fill in baseball strategies of their own. Check out our other fortune teller games: Anti-bullying messages Baseball Basketball Football and more
  • The Anti-Bullying Poster Set has 13 Anti-Bullying messages like: "It isn't big, to make other feel small,"  "Making people sad is bad," and "Don't watch a fight.  Do what's right. Perfect as a teaching tool and discussion starter, as well, as for posting around the classroom or gym.   The poster is comes with 13 (8.5 by 11") 4 color posters ready for download.  
  • Enjoy these Thanksgiving PE and Party Games. This set includes: Pilgrims and Indians Chasing Game Turkey Tag Game Turkey Tails High Activity Game (A student favorite!) Cold Turkey Challenges (8) are great for groups or individual play.  Challenges cover all grades and ages. Turkey Shoot a Bowling Type Activity.
  • Cinco De Mayo PE and Classroom Party Games for Kids

    Enjoy these Cinco De Mayo Themed Physical Education and Party Games.  They are great activities and games to pull out and set up quickly for the classroom and outdoor fun. This set includes: History of Cinco de Mayo Geography -Map of Mexico Food- Dessert Cup Art- Flag to Color Art- Project Maracas Arts- Mariachi Music Art- Decorate the Sombrero Art- Paper Dolls Active Games: Mexican Hat Dance, Avion-Hopscotch, Steal the Sombrero, Mexican Balloon Pop, Hot Chili Peppers Jump Rope, The Blind Hen-La Gallinita Ciega, Rock, Paper, Scissors and a Game Certificate. Eight active games that are great for groups or individual play.  Challenges cover all grades and ages.
  • PE and Classroom Party Games: Groundhog Day

    Enjoy these Groundhog Day Themed Physical Education and Party Games.  They are great activities and games to pull out and set up quickly for a fun change of pace. Activities include:
    History of Groundhog Day
    Groundhog Day Snack
    Groundhog Word Search
    Groundhog Day Certificate
    Shadow Play Activity
    Hot Hog Game
    Send the Hog to His Hole
    Groundhog Coloring Page
    Silent Ground Hog Game
    Groundhog Graphics for Games