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    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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    I SPY Baseball

    $2.00 $1.00
    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.
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    I SPY Basketball

    $1.00$5.00
    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.
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    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.
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    "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  
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    Pitstop (Board Game)

    $2.50$12.50
    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
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    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
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    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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    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?
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    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
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    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.
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    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.
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    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
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    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.