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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.
    Printable version * Print pages on card stock * Laminate if you prefer *Cut out cards. *Hole punch and put on a ring.
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  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
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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)      
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • "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  
  • I SPY Basketball

    $2.00$10.00
    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.