• Cinco de Mayo Brain Break Cards Grab this set of  Cinco de Mayo 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 19 brain break cards.  Some examples include:  Maracas circle with your arms, skip around the hat, clap to the beat, march around the cactus, pretend do burst the Pinata and pretend you're dancing the Mexican Hat Dance to name a few.
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    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.
  • Exercise Card Set #2

    $5.00$25.00
    The Peaceful Playgrounds Exercise Cards (SET 2) 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 22 exercise cards. This makes a great addition to the Peaceful Playgrounds line of products for a quick instant activity or warm-up that can be student lead.
  • Active Alphabet

    $5.00$25.00
    The Peaceful Playgrounds Active Alphabet Movement Card Set is easy to use and has an illustration for each movement card. They are a great idea for brain break activities inside or perfect for warm-up movement experience in physical education class held outside. The digital download provides instant access to the pdf format of 26 movement cards (a card for each letter of the alphabet. This makes a great addition to the Peaceful Playgrounds line of products for a quick instant activity or warm-up that can be student lead.
  • Stretching Cards

    $5.00$25.00
    This set of 16 Stretching cards ( 8 with boys and 8 with girls) show an illustration of the various stretches to be performed. Set includes: Twist at waist, quadriceps stretch, shoulder stretch, side stretch, lower back and legs stretch, torso stretch, triceps stretch, and hamstrings stretch. Great for Brain Breaks and indoor recess or physical education.
  • 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 Football, Baseball, Soccer and Basketball Fortune Teller Games for competitive games on rainy days, snow days or for indoor recess and P.E. Kids will love these easy-to-play and highly entertaining games that are easy to make and inexpensive. Just print and scan the QR code for easy to follow folding instructions for students. Each of the four sets contain 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 sports strategies of their own. 2 Levels of games : Basic and Advanced
  • Product Description
    Kids Love, Love, Love parachute play in grades Preschool-Grade 5. This pack of 20 parachute games comes with activity cards on each of the 20 games/activities. Parachute activities can get a little wild without proper management techniques, therefore, we have included some Parachute Rules to enforce during parachute play. 20 Activities include: Shake the Rug, Make Wind,  Exercise-Skipping, Billow A Cloud,  Exercise Stretch, and Curl, Exercise Curl and Stretch, Throw the Parachute in the Air, Firefighter Catch Circle, Toss a Cloud, Circle the Chute, Toss a Ball, Ocean Waves, Ghost City, Dragon,  Chute Trap, Popcorn, Snake Pit, Number Exchange, Fox and Squirrel  and Hole in One. Don't miss out on Free Downloads each Friday on our Play Nice Blog.
  • Easter Bundle

    $20.00$100.00
    This is a bundle of Easter and Spring products. This set contains 5 products and a bonus product. PE and Classroom Party Games Easter PE Station Cards: Throwing and Catching Easter Theme Easter Fortune Teller Games Easter Roll 4 Fun and Fitness Board Game Spring Brain Break Cards Bonus: Soccer Fortune Teller
  • 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.
  • Enjoy this set of 30 yoga cards. 15 of each pose for both boys and girls. 30 Poster Cards which would be great for station work. Additionally, activity suggestions including a music and movement song, a yoga fitness circle and 2 guided relaxation activities. Printable version * Print pages on card stock *Print Posters * Laminate if you prefer *Cut out cards. *Hole punch brain break cards and put on a ring * post posters around the room for indoor recess or P.E.
  • Enjoy this set of 30 yoga cards. 15 of each pose for both boys and girls. 30 Poster Cards which would be great for station work. Additionally, activity suggestions including a music and movement song, a yoga fitness circle and 2 guided relaxation activities. Printable version * Print pages on card stock *Print Posters * Laminate if you prefer *Cut out cards. *Hole punch brain break cards and put on a ring * post posters around the room for indoor recess or P.E.
  • 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.
  • These cards were designed for use with the U.S. Map Stencil or a U.S. Map painted on the playground.  However, they can also be used indoors for indoor games with students locating them on a pull-down map or an overhead projector with a dry erase marker. Copy and print the worksheet of the U.S. Map. Have students label the states and capitals. Take students outside for a State Match Game using the cards and a State Abbreviations Game. Two full sets of state cards included.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Imagine all the forms that you need in one organized notebook and a P.E. Teacher Binder Specific to YOUR needs. Over 100 pages of tools to make your job easier and more organized. Pack includes Schedule forms; Student Organization Forms; Scheduling Forms, Student Information Forms; Parent Communication Tools; Teacher Tools; Lesson Planning Forms, and Teacher Tracking Forms to monitor your professional development and sick days. Video of the P.E. Binder         Imagine all the forms that you need in one organized notebook and a P.E. Teacher Binder Specific to YOUR needs.
  • Pitstop (Board Game)

    $5.00$25.00
    Pitstop is a board game designed by Peaceful Playgrounds for an indoor activity on a rainy day or snow day. This is one of 10 Board Games that span K-8. The perfect answer for Indoor Physical Education as well. It is a dice game based on racing formula motor cars. Scan the QR code in the preview section to see the game in action. This game is aimed at 3-8 graders and requires rolling 5 dice and moving around the board which is designed for two racers. Pitstop guarantees loads of fun on a rainy day or snow day when students are trapped inside. Game requires double digit adding. Print Game Board at 11 x 17". Laminate if preferred and add two markers and 5 dice. Designed by Dr.Melinda Bossenmeyer
  • Last Player Standing is a board game designed by Peaceful Playgrounds for an indoor activity on a rainy day or snow day. This is one of 10 Board Games that span K-8. The perfect answer for Indoor Physical Education as well. This game is a multiplayer dice game based on boxing. Scan the QR code in the preview section to see the game in action. It's aimed at grades 1-8 graders and requires rolling 2 dice and players try to roll a pre-selected "Knock Out" number to remove opponents from the ring. This unique game guarantees loads of fun on a rainy day or snow day when students are trapped inside. Game requires some adding but relies on chance. Print Game Board at 11 x 17". Laminate if preferred and add two dice and a marker for each player. Scan QR Code for game playing instructions. Designed by Dr.Melinda Bossenmeyer
  • 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.
  • 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
  • St Patrick's Day PE and Classroom Party Games contains: Active Games- Clover Hunt to Form Teams, Leprechauns Treasure Hunt Relay, Rainbows and Leprechauns Tag, Toss the Gold in the Leprechaun's Pot and Guard the Gold. Bonus Activities include: A St Patrick's Day Certificate, World's Greatest Guessing Game and Coupons, St Patrick's Day "I Spy" Activity Sheet, and a Coloring Sheet. Also included are the artwork for 4 Leaf Clovers, Leprechaun's, Pot of Gold and materials needed to play all the games. For ages K-5th grade. Pack includes both indoor and outdoor games (someone can take students outdoors for a couple of games while someone sets up inside the classroom for the party.)
  • Grab this set of Ground Hog Day 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 20 brain break cards. Some examples include: Shadow Tag, Side-to-Side Jumps, and High knees over ground hogs. 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.
  • Valentine’s Day PE and Classroom Party Games contains: Valentine’s Day Poster, Heart and Letters Game, Musical Hearts Game, Heart Relay, Valentine Tag, Do You Love_______? Game, Compliment Stroll, Back to Back Challenge, Names Poem and a heart set, letter set, Valentines for relay and Valentine’s Day Station Cards. For ages K-5th grade. Pack includes both indoor and outdoor games (someone can take students outdoors for a couple of games while someone sets up inside the classroom for the party.)
  • Christmas PE and Classroom Party Games contains 8 games: Candy Cane Walk, Penguin Relay, Secret Santa Tag, Wreath Toss, Snowball Run, Christmas Puzzles Relay, Alphabet Word Challenge and Holiday Board Game (Holiday Roll 4 Fun and Fitness). For ages K-5th grade. Pack includes both indoor and outdoor games (someone can take students outdoors for a couple of games while someone sets up inside the classroom for the party.)
  • P.E. Station Cards are ready to print and go. This P.E. Activities Station Cards are great for movement stations. There are 10 Fitness Station cards/signs around St. Patrick's Day Fitness Themes. There are an additional 10 Fitness Challenge Posters to use at stations and 2 cross curricular math activities. A bonus poster on "Why Get Fit" gives students reasons and the benefits of exercise. The PE Fitness Stations Cards/Signs are designed for Kindergarten through 5th grade students.
  • 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 St Patrick's Day Fortune Teller Game for FUN and read your fortune. This is a great activity for getting kids into the holiday spirit. The set contains : 1. Colorful St Patrick's Day Fortune Teller, 2. Black and White St Patrick's Day Fortune Teller 3. Character Fortune Teller mostly blank to let children fill in and create their own unique Fortune Teller 4. Scanning the included QR Code provides a You Tube Video of a student demonstrating and explaining how to fold the Fortune Teller.
  • Grab this set of Super Heroes 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 12 brain break cards.
  • 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.
  • Kids will love this 13 Board Holiday Roll 4 Fun & Fitness Board Game Bundle. Kids roll dice and land on exercise activities. You can play indoors or out in pairs or as a class. A great rainy day activity for indoor recess or physical education. Set includes both a colored game board for laminating and a black and white version to duplicated. 13 Game Board Set includes: New Years, Martin L. King, Ground Hog Day, Valentines Day, St Patrick, Easter, Cinco de Mayo, Back to School, Columbus Day, Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas. For ages K-5th grade.
  • Basketball Fortune Teller

    $12.00$48.00
    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 Football, Baseball, Soccer and Basketball Fortune Teller Games for competitive games on rainy days, snow days or for indoor recess and P.E. Kids will love these easy-to-play and highly entertaining games that are easy to make and inexpensive. Just print and scan the QR code for easy to follow folding instructions for students. Each of the four sets contain 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 sports strategies of their own. 2 Levels of games : Basic and Advanced
  • THE DAILY DOZEN PE ACTIVITIES ARE part of the "If I only had a ______" Series of Physical Education Activities. Each Daily Dozen Set includes 48 PE Activities that allow a teacher to teach PE with a limited amount of equipment. Have you wondered, what can I do with 4 balls or just 4 jump ropes? Each set of activities gives you 48 different easy to implement, fun activities organized around an equipment theme, for example, hoop skills and activities for elementary school children. 528 Activity Cards in Set Themes included in the COMPLETE 11 sets are: hoops, small balls, large balls, dots, soccer balls, ropes, bean bags, balloons, cones, and two no equipment needed sets of cards for social skills and drama activities. K-6   A site license entitles you to duplicate the PE Activities to all member of a school site up to 50 teachers.  Comes with copyright release for duplication rights.
  • Basic vs Super Charged Brain Breaks

    A basic "brain break" is a 2 or 3 minute break away from the topic currently being taught combined with a movement activity. The best kind of a brain break is a Supercharged Brain Break which entails a movement activity linked to an academic concept. Supercharged Brain Breaks have a double punch by reinforcing an academic concept and introducing a new movement concept or exercise. Physical Activity and Health Benefits Brain Breaks have another important benefit. They can contribute to the recommended daily amount of 60 minutes of physical activity as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and the National Association of Sports and Physical Education. “Brain Breaks work by getting children moving physically which increases the blood flow by bringing more oxygen to the brain and leads to better concentration. Well developed Brain Breaks can help students stretch, develop flexibility, improve coordination and gain focus for the next lesson,” according to the Action for Healthy Kids Organization.
    Professional Article by Dr. Melinda Bossenmeyer
  • Easy, easy, easy and Packed with FUN! Enjoy this set of 72 Holiday Brain Break Cards. Holidays included: Halloween, Thanksgiving, Xmas, St. Patrick Day, and Valentines Day. This Bundle saves you 25%. Individual Price $4 a set but with this bundle only $3 each for loads of fun activities that can be used year round for brain breaks inside or outdoor PE. GREAT for rainy day or snow day activities! Laminate, cut out and put on a ring for easy of use. 40 pages Check out our other brain break bundles as well.
  • 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
  • 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.