ONLINE RECESS RESOURCE CENTER
There are many online resources to supplement the information Fit & Fun Playscapes provides. We made a great list of sites that share our mission of creating fun, active play environments for kids. Just browse the columns below to view our selection of related online resources.
What is recess?
Recess is any period of time that allows children unstructured (but supervised!) play. Recess can take place outside, in the gym, in the hallway, and even in the classroom (this is called indoor recess!)
What makes a great active recess?
Simple: unstructured play! What is unstructured play? Plainly put, unstructured play is any type of play that has no specific learning objective. However, that does not mean there’s no learning going on. In other words, unstructured play is child-led play, without guidance from an instructor. Unstructured play helps children build creativity and imagination, as well as develop problem-solving skills and social skills.
Diversity of games is also important. It’s necessary to include all types of recess games available on the playground, since there are all types of kids: some games for mindfulness (like yoga), educational games (like math equations or alphabet games), fitness games (like an agility ladder or four square) and sports games (like a basketball court key or kickball area) ensure a well-diversified playground that can be used for a variety of needs. Boredom breeds bullying.
Can recess only take place outdoors?
Absolutely not! There are a variety of places where recess can take place, including the gym, hallway, auditorium, or even your own classroom! Recess that takes place indoors has a special name: indoor recess! Indoor recess is an excellent alternative for days when the weather doesn’t cooperate.
Recess also needn’t just take place in schools. Active play can take place anywhere and everywhere, including bus stops, near school entrances, sidewalks, unused parking lots, park spaces, walkways, and even in the home. Fit and Fun Playscapes provides plenty of resources to bring recess and active play wherever you can imagine!
Is there any scientific proof that recess and unstructured play are important?
Yes. See the following tab ——->
Our Blog Posts About Recess:
Childhood obesity is on the rise. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), 1 in 5 American children and adolescents are considered obese. That’s why the CDC recommends 60 minutes of play per day, and recess can help with that.
Besides fighting childhood obesity, recess has other important physical benefits. Click on the following link to access our blog post, Redefining Recess: The Physical Benefits of Recess
Recess provides a well-documented and profound educational boost to children in the classroom. Their test scores prove it. We discuss in our blog post, Redefining Recess: The Educational Benefits of Recess
Michael J. Hynes, E.D., Superintendent of Schools for the Patchogue-Medford School District in Long Island, knows about the importance of recess. He writes about it in our blog, Kids Need Play and Recess. Their Mental Health May Depend On It.
Other Important Links and Posts:
Recess planning and zoning
It might not seem like a big deal at first, but rest assured, it is! Proper planning and zoning of your recess/active play space are critical to maximizing the space’s potential.
As we discussed in last year’s blog post on the topic, zoned recess areas are recess spaces that are divided into sections or “zones.” Each “zone” has an assortment of activities associated with the theme of that particular zone, which can include a physical exercise zone, a relaxation zone, a sports zone, and a zone tailored to social/wellness aids. In fact, studies have shown that a zoned recess space can increase physical activity by 10% or more. Please visit our in-depth Recess Planning & Zoning Page to learn more.
Start small, but engaging
Not every child is as keen as some to jump right into active recess play. Some children prefer to stay in the relaxation zone, but it’s important that every child visit all recess zones at some point. Start small! Try including a medium-energy but high-engagement activity like four square/box ball before jumping into something like an activity circuit or basketball.
Fit & Fun Playscapes is the only stencil company to have on-staff designers that can help you select the area best suitable for your stencil project, choose stencils within your budget that are age appropriate, and create “Sketch Plans” showing where each stencil can be located on your play area. Click here to learn more.
Fit and Fun Playscapes can transform your logo, graphic, mascot, or almost any idea into a stencil or sticker. Our professional designers can collaborate with you on new game design ideas or tweak one that you already may have…like we did for the Hiller Aviation Museum in San Francisco, California!
Fit & Fun Playscapes is the only company that can estimate how much paint supplies you need, matching the colors on our website, AND hand-deliver them to you for FREE! We’ve teamed-up with Sherwin-Williams to help you understand how much paint and supplies you will need to paint our stencils.
Resuable stencils are made of high-quality plastic that can be used to paint movements and activities, usually outside. We sell the paint too!
Indoor Super Stickers are made from the best adhesive materials to ensure the easiest application, highest durability and residue-free removal.
Roll-Out Games To-Go are portable and simply unroll wherever you go. Made of reinforced vinyl that ensures maximum durability and use.
KaBOOM! KaBOOM! believes kids deserve a childhood filled with the balanced and active play needed to thrive. They are a national non-profit that provides funding for community-build play projects serving high-need community areas that promote their mission.
Every Kid Healthy Grant. Thanks to CSX Transportation’s How Tomorrow Moves Campaign, the IU Health Strong Schools initiative, and Let’s Move! Active Schools, Every Kid Healthy Grants are available in select states. Every Kid Healthy Grants provide physical activity grants with an optional nutrition component to support becoming recognized as a health-promoting school. Grants ranging from $500 to $3,000 are available.
Fuel Up to Play 60. Fuel Up to Play 60 is an in-school nutrition and physical activity program launched by National Dairy Council and the NFL, in collaboration with the USDA, to help encourage today’s youth to lead healthier lives. Projects must contain both a healthy eating and physical activity plan (selected from choices called “plays”). Awards of up to $4,000 for K-12 schools are available.
Other National Grants