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Experts agree that playtime can be just as vital as classroom time to a child’s social, emotional and educational development.

Despite mounting evidence that kids need an outlet to blow off steam, learn to interact with others and get the exercise they need, nearly 40 percent of American elementary schools have either eliminated or are considering eliminating recess.

Due to school budget cuts and an increased focus on academic standards, millions of American schoolchildren may miss out on unstructured play with their peers including hopscotch, tag, kickball or jump rope.

Recess also functions successfully as an established school-based activity and should be carefully considered as part of any school health and wellness policy.

A survey conducted by the PTA showed that nine out of 10 teachers say recess and the free time spent with peers is an important part of the school day and is crucial to a child’s social and emotional development.

Studies have shown that kids who are given the opportunity to take a break from their hectic academic schedules actually develop and perform better than those who go without. Peaceful Playgrounds is a great resource for parents, educators and school administrators. – Darell Hammond, CEO, KaBOOM! – Huffington Post

Free Campaign Toolbox Package

You can have the Peaceful Playgrounds Right to Recess Campaign Toolbox sent directly to your email box. The campaign toolbox contains a full PowerPoint presentation and speakers notes along with all research and documents to support daily, unstructured physical activity during school hours.

Let your community know that children have a Right to Recess!

Campaign Presentation to Bring Back Recess

Every decade or so educators stumble upon a really bad idea. The elimination of recess is one such current example.

After hearing about coach potatoes, sedentary kids, youth obesity, video game – playing zombies for the last ten years – take away recess? It simply doesn’t make any sense.

If your school is showing any of these trends, take note – children need to jump, play, laugh, throw balls, and enjoy themselves outdoors. And if your child is showing low grades and signs of restlessness, new studies show daily fitness equals better report cards and more-focused children.

It is a widely held view that unstructured physical play is a developmentally appropriate outlet for reducing stress in children’s lives, and research shows that physical activity improves children’s attentiveness and decreases restlessness.

Talk to your school, district, or state education office to get P.E. and recess back into your school. Here are some resources to get you going.
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Right to Recess Campaign Presentation Documents

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Alternatives to Withholding Recess

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.

Consider our popular list of 60 alternatives to withholding recess.

These additional suggestions also focus on the child taking responsibility for his/her actions and on being successful in the future.

CPS Guide to Developing A School Recess Plan – This guide provides a step-by-step process that school communities can use to consider and create recess options for their students.

Organizational Position Statements

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Right To Recess Demo Bottom

Experts agree that playtime can be just as vital as classroom time to a child’s social, emotional and educational development.

Despite mounting evidence that kids need an outlet to blow off steam, learn to interact with others and get the exercise they need, nearly 40 percent of American elementary schools have either eliminated or are considering eliminating recess.

Due to school budget cuts and an increased focus on academic standards, millions of American schoolchildren may miss out on unstructured play with their peers including hopscotch, tag, kickball or jump rope.

Recess also functions successfully as an established school-based activity and should be carefully considered as part of any school health and wellness policy.

A survey conducted by the PTA showed that nine out of 10 teachers say recess and the free time spent with peers is an important part of the school day and is crucial to a child’s social and emotional development.

Studies have shown that kids who are given the opportunity to take a break from their hectic academic schedules actually develop and perform better than those who go without. Peaceful Playgrounds is a great resource for parents, educators and school administrators. – Darell Hammond, CEO, KaBOOM! – Huffington Post

Free Campaign Toolbox Package

You can have the Peaceful Playgrounds Right to Recess Campaign Toolbox sent directly to your email box. The campaign toolbox contains a full PowerPoint presentation and speakers notes along with all research and documents to support daily, unstructured physical activity during school hours.

Let your community know that children have a Right to Recess!

Campaign Presentation to Bring Back Recess

Every decade or so educators stumble upon a really bad idea. The elimination of recess is one such current example.

After hearing about coach potatoes, sedentary kids, youth obesity, video game – playing zombies for the last ten years – take away recess? It simply doesn’t make any sense.

If your school is showing any of these trends, take note – children need to jump, play, laugh, throw balls, and enjoy themselves outdoors. And if your child is showing low grades and signs of restlessness, new studies show daily fitness equals better report cards and more-focused children.

It is a widely held view that unstructured physical play is a developmentally appropriate outlet for reducing stress in children’s lives, and research shows that physical activity improves children’s attentiveness and decreases restlessness.

Talk to your school, district, or state education office to get P.E. and recess back into your school. Here are some resources to get you going.

Right to Recess Campaign Presentation Documents

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Alternatives to Withholding Recess

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.

Consider our popular list of 60 alternatives to withholding recess.

These additional suggestions also focus on the child taking responsibility for his/her actions and on being successful in the future.

CPS Guide to Developing A School Recess Plan – This guide provides a step-by-step process that school communities can use to consider and create recess options for their students.

Organizational Position Statements

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Right To Recess Demo Top

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Experts agree that playtime can be just as vital as classroom time to a child’s social, emotional and educational development.

Despite mounting evidence that kids need an outlet to blow off steam, learn to interact with others and get the exercise they need, nearly 40 percent of American elementary schools have either eliminated or are considering eliminating recess.

Due to school budget cuts and an increased focus on academic standards, millions of American schoolchildren may miss out on unstructured play with their peers including hopscotch, tag, kickball or jump rope.

Recess also functions successfully as an established school-based activity and should be carefully considered as part of any school health and wellness policy.

A survey conducted by the PTA showed that nine out of 10 teachers say recess and the free time spent with peers is an important part of the school day and is crucial to a child’s social and emotional development.

Studies have shown that kids who are given the opportunity to take a break from their hectic academic schedules actually develop and perform better than those who go without. Peaceful Playgrounds is a great resource for parents, educators and school administrators. – Darell Hammond, CEO, KaBOOM! – Huffington Post

Free Campaign Toolbox Package

You can have the Peaceful Playgrounds Right to Recess Campaign Toolbox sent directly to your email box. The campaign toolbox contains a full PowerPoint presentation and speakers notes along with all research and documents to support daily, unstructured physical activity during school hours.

Let your community know that children have a Right to Recess!

Campaign Presentation to Bring Back Recess

Every decade or so educators stumble upon a really bad idea. The elimination of recess is one such current example.

After hearing about coach potatoes, sedentary kids, youth obesity, video game – playing zombies for the last ten years – take away recess? It simply doesn’t make any sense.

If your school is showing any of these trends, take note – children need to jump, play, laugh, throw balls, and enjoy themselves outdoors. And if your child is showing low grades and signs of restlessness, new studies show daily fitness equals better report cards and more-focused children.

It is a widely held view that unstructured physical play is a developmentally appropriate outlet for reducing stress in children’s lives, and research shows that physical activity improves children’s attentiveness and decreases restlessness.

Talk to your school, district, or state education office to get P.E. and recess back into your school. Here are some resources to get you going.

Right to Recess Campaign Presentation Documents

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Alternatives to Withholding Recess

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.

Consider our popular list of 60 alternatives to withholding recess.

These additional suggestions also focus on the child taking responsibility for his/her actions and on being successful in the future.

CPS Guide to Developing A School Recess Plan – This guide provides a step-by-step process that school communities can use to consider and create recess options for their students.

Organizational Position Statements

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We Count – Student Walking Program

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The We Count Walking Program uses pedometers as an aid to kids in fighting fat. The complete program kit ensures your success with the We Count! Walking Program. Each set includes 12 Student pedometers, 1 Teacher pedometer, progress charts, certificates, logs, newsletters and motivational stickers. The program’s design is based on research that indicates that inexpensive step-counting devices (pedometers) motivate and educate kids to walk and be more active, thereby impacting the alarming number of overweight children. This innovative new program  is designed to get kids fit with the slogan, “Get Fit, Don’t Sit”.

Research shows that for an average person, walking an additional 5,000 to 7,000 steps a day has significant health benefits, cutting the risk for diseases such as cancer, diabetes, osteoporosis and heart disease.

The “We Count” Walking Program comes complete with teacher materials to support cognitive development in the areas of physical activity, nutrition and concepts related to combating obesity.

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The We Count Student Walking Program now includes fun new cadences recorded specially to get kids running.

  • Everywhere I Go
  • As We March Both Near and Far
  • A Little Run
  • Engineer, Engineer, Running Down the Road
  • Up In The Morning
  • One Mile
  • Gotta Move
  • We Never Stop
  • One Lap
  • I Count
  • When My Granny Was 91

Eleven fun songs to run to, that promote physical activity.

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Student and parent newsletters cover topics such as: Getting Started Moving; Activity Choices; Walking Tips; Benefits of Physical Activity; Calories: How Much is Enough?; Portion Sizes: Am I Eating too Much?; and When Bigger is Not Better: Portion Sizes.

American Heart Association Recommendation

Overweight children are more likely to be overweight adults. Successfully preventing or treating overweight in childhood may reduce the risk of adult overweight. This may help reduce the risk of heart disease and other diseases.

California Obesity Prevention Initiative

Along with SPARK, four schools are participating in the Peaceful Playgrounds Program that is designed to increase activity before school, during recess/lunch, and after school. Peaceful Playgrounds also teaches social skills and conflict resolution. An evaluation is being conducted in a sampling of schools.

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Our We Count Walking Program wrist bands are bracelets made of 100% pure silicone for the longest lasting and best quality bands available.

 

 

 

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Why not download a We Count! Product Brochure for your school or one of your colleagues?Looking for funds to implement our program in your school? Download our Grant Template.

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San Diego County Office of Education

Instructional Televison Presentation, Shaping Up: It’s Elementary

Solutions for Childhood Obesity

PEP Grant Components.
SPARK and Peaceful Playgrounds.
View this 30 minute program…

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Thanks for sending the Promote Peace bracelets so soon. My Peace Patrol is wearing them with pride. It helps identify who is on duty each day, and helps instill a sense of camaraderie among those who are serving such an important role on the playground. I appreciate your making them available… – Grant K-8 Magnet School – San Diego

 

Peaceful Playgrounds Aims To Eliminate Bullying!

Marana School Playing with a Change on its Playground

 

By Barbara Grijalva
KOLD-TV – Tucson, AZ

 

There’s something that’s supposed to keep children from fighting on the playground, reduce playground injuries, and a lot more.

What is this miracle?

Marana’s Twin Peaks Elementary School is trying it, a program called Peaceful Playgrounds.

It all starts with some paint on the playground, creating all sorts of areas for games.

There are balls, jump ropes, bean bags and more, and suddenly the children are learning and getting new skills.

The children at Twin Peaks School in Marana are in training, learning to play new games, and getting valuable lessons including simple problem solving ideas.

School counselor Shari Attebery asks the third-graders gathered on the playground, “This is a peaceful playground. Do we tolerate bullies?”

“No!” the children yell.

There are high expectations with the Peaceful Playgrounds program.

“It’s going to eliminate all the bullies. The bullies can have more games to play and they won’t fight,” third-grader Victor Roberts says.

Now, about those new games the children are learning. They really seem to be a hit.

“Like some of the games I’ve heard about and my friends have played them and so I really wanted to know how to play,” third-grader Olivia McNally says

Peaceful Playgrounds is in about 8,000 schools across the country.

Peaceful Playgrounds is for the whole school, kindergarten through sixth grade.

It includes game areas painted on the concrete, and plenty of play equipment.

The children get a lot more choices during recess.

“It also really encourages healthy lifestyles and fitness, get the kids actually playing games and makes the playground a fun atmosphere for them,” Principal Dondi Luce says.

And it turns out hopscotch and jump rope and bean bag toss can do so much more than that.

“We’re going to teach them how to play the games. They’ll have the equipment they need to play the games with. So, it gives them more options and enough things so everyone can participate actively,” Luce says.

Plus, there’s a surprise bonus. Fewer children getting hurt.

“You can imagine, if kids are congested, they’re more likely to fall or bump one another or get hurt. Whereas, with this program the kids are spread throughout the playground,” Luce says.

It seems like plenty of bang for the buck, but what do the students think?

Victor Roberts likes it. “It’s really, really, really fun,” he says.

Peaceful Playgrounds is in about 8,000 schools across the country.

Twin Peaks Elementary School is spending about $5,000 to get it started here.

The money comes from a federal grant, plus students and parents have raised some of it.

Children were surveyed before, and will be surveyed again a few months from now to see if it does all it promises here.

KOLD TV – Marana School Playing with a Change on its Playground

Best in Class! – Brings about Whole School Change!

What’s Working – Best in Class


Action for Healthy Kids
National Evaluation – Excellent
August 2006

Peaceful Playgrounds

Peaceful Playgrounds (PPP) is a school based physical activity program with the goals and research support that has shown an increase children’s physical activity level, decrease in bullying and decrease in playground injuries.

Program Purpose

Peaceful Playgrounds addresses a number of national standards as identified by the following organizations:

Action for Healthy Kids Goals -

Provide daily recess periods for elementary school students, featuring time for unstructured but supervised active play.

Encourage the use of school facilities for physical activity programs offered by the school and/or community-based organizations outside of school hours.

These goals are met as Peaceful Playgrounds is a recess and after school program described best in April 2003 Parent Teachers Organization magazine as ” Peaceful Playgrounds concept takes a resource most playgrounds already have-open space-and transforms blacktops and fields into play areas for different age groups with activities such as tetherball, wall ball and Frisbee golf.”

Professional Standards that Peaceful Playgrounds addresses:

Physical activity has been identified as one of our nation’s leading health indicators in Healthy People 2010 and PPP addresses this national goal. It is recommended that children and adolescents participate in at least 60 minutes of moderate intensity physical activity most days of the week, preferably daily. CDC & USDA.

Target Audience

The target audience is K-6 grade students in a school setting and has been successfully implemented in all socioeconomic situations and proven to be culturally sensitive and accepted in each setting.

Evaluation/Monitoring

Peaceful Playgrounds has participated in numerous studies that can be reviewed at: www.peacefulplayground.com/research.htm The SDCC study was conducted in conjunction with Dr. Thom McKenzie evaluator and designer for SPARK and CATCH programs. His SOPLAY validated instructment was used to determine the MVPA levels of students at recess in over 500 school site recess observation sessions.

This research indicates that students were more physically active and drawn to the recess markings thus indicating that behavior was effected.

Behavior- MVPA increased (evidence playground observation)

Knowledge-students acquired knowledge in game rules, and sports skills (evidence game participation)

Attitude- Attitude changes in a decrease in perception of bullying incidents ( documented in CA Healthy Kids Survey)

Policy changes have varied per school site. Most policy changes occur in the recess reinstatements.

School Environment – Changes in physical environment documented in the playground repainting and adding games. Emotional environment changes as students report feeling safer in a “peaceful environment.” evidence recess surveys pre & post implementation of Peaceful Playgrounds).

Participation Rate

Over 8000 schools across the nation are in various stages of implementing Peaceful Playgrounds. It’s rapid expansions attests that the approach is both practical and a realistic intervention for schools interested in this cost effective childhood obesity intervention that gets kids moving. Internationally, various departments of health are implementing obesity prevention programs based on adding markings to school playgrounds (UK & Australia)

Impact

Research studies (San Diego Consortium PEP Grant Evaluation Report) documented that “more students were drawn to the playground markings which resulted in more active children.” Over 500 observational sessions by trained observes with SOPLAY a research validated instrument supported the notion that students found the markings both engaging and interacted with the new environment. -Additional research has documented that student acquire skills in conflict resolution, and acquire both knowledge in game rules and skills to participate in games.

Application/Adoption

1. Peaceful Playgrounds has a website that supports implementation with a frequently ask questions webpage and on-demand webcast. Monthly newsletters (2500) keep constituents, stakeholders, and school community members updated on latest research and recommendations. A Peaceful Playgrounds implementation guide can be downloaded from website. A 40 hour a week toll free phone number is available. Website filled with free training materials, forms, offer more than 400 pages of support.

2. Training resources. Peaceful Playgrounds comes with a staff development component including an overview instructional video, a PowerPoint PPP presentation with facilitator notes, and participant handouts. Website has downloadable materials as well.

3. Technical Support/Additional resources: Website, 800 phone number, web information request, e mail distribution list of newsletter recipients sent monthly, parent materials all round out the level of support provided by Peaceful Playgrounds.

4. Instructions/Materials in Languages in addition to English-Translation of parent newsletters in Spanish in progress.

School Goals and Student Achievement

Peaceful Playgrounds fits into required school mandates in CA as recess is mandated in CA Ed. Code. It also contributes to the recommended 30-60 minutes daily of physical activity as required by the CA Supt. Task Force on Childhood Obesity Prevention. Additionally, CA fitness results indicated that there is a relationship between the fitness performance and academic achievement. PPP contributes to the well being and fitness through increasing students in MVPA.

Curriculum Integration

Peaceful Playgrounds has been shown to easily be integrated in to classroom practice though the use of the problem solving techniques adapted school wide in most settings. With recess built into the school day, enhancing recess is readily accepted and enthusiastically implemented. Peaceful Playgrounds fulfills the PA component in a Coordinated School Health Program. Most schools also implement the concepts in the before and after school settings as well.

Stakeholder Support

Peaceful Playgrounds is a school wide program that when properly implemented brings about whole school change. At best the entire staff is trained and plays a role in consistent student behavior expectations. A strong base of support is cultivated through an awareness session discussing the playground problems that currently need to be addressed and the lack of positive interventions available to schools. When schools realize that the playground will be more peaceful, students will solve problems appropriately, bullying is decreased they learn that they have fewer interruptions to the classroom learning environment and students have the ability to be active resulting in more attentive students.

Sustainability

Sustainability is achieved through the painted markings which last on average 5-7 years. Research indicated that students will spread out over the play space thus reducing confrontations, pick a less preferred game, be more active, experience bullying less frequently in this environment.

Program Categories

Achievement – Advertising + Marketing in Schools – Childhood Obesity – Co-Curricular Programs – Community Family Outreach – Coordinated School Health Program – Guidelines + Policies + Recommendations – Minority Outreach Programs – Physical Education – Physical Activity – Children’s Health and Nutrition – Changing the School Environment

Pinehurst Elementary School Playground Spotlight

By Debbie Spurlin, School Counselor
Pinehurst, NC

Step onto the playground at Pinehurst Elementary School (PES) and you will be greeted by the sounds of laughter, cooperative play, and cheering. Listen carefully and you might hear a good natured game of Rock-Paper-Scissors. Vibrant colors, a wide assortment of games, and active play brightens the smiles of both young and old.

 

Welcome to the Peaceful Playgrounds Project! Jointly funded by the Moore County Education Foundation and the Pinehurst Elementary PTA, this program is an innovative addition to our school. In conjunction with We Count and Fundamental Movement, the Peaceful Playgrounds project, provides opportunities for heightened physical activity, developmental exercises, synergy with classroom curriculum, and “real time” conflict resolution skills development.

 

Playgrounds are great fun but they can also be a place of conflict. These conflicts often spill over into the classroom where valuable teaching time is lost while sorting through the problem and assisting students in seeking resolution.

 

The Peaceful Playground offers several options to handle the conflicts immediately as they occur:

 

Students are taught WALK-TALK-ROCK. They are encouraged to TALK about the problem and come to some agreement. When tempers flare, students must sometimes WALK away from the problem until they are calm enough to talk. In this scenario, students are encouraged to choose another game option. Most often, students have learned to play ROCK-PAPER-SCISSORS to resolve those playground problems related to who goes first, who violated a rule, what game to play, etc.

 

It’s wonderful to hear the sound of Rock-Paper-Scissors as you step onto the playground.

 

“You can’t say, you can’t play.” Many playground arguments and hurt feelings are the result of children being excluded from play. The program philosophy is that all children can participate in any game being played. PES students are learning that it is not acceptable to exclude someone from a game. When personal equipment is brought to school, generally only certain students are allowed to play the game. In this light, students have been asked to leave their own sports equipment at home. Our playground now has more than ample equipment (balls, Frisbees, bean bags, hula hoops, scoops, jump ropes) to accommodate all children.

 

The Peaceful Playgrounds provides colorful markings to remind students that fun activities abound. Students no longer stand around trying to figure out what to do. With so many options, physical activity has increased dramatically. Students are spread over a greater area and conflicts are inherently reduced.

 

When teasing & name calling occur, students must sit out of the play area until they work out the problem. It’s amazing how quickly students are able to find solutions and settle differences so that they can return to play!

 

We have already noticed a decrease in conflicts and hurt feelings.

 

Students are learning assertiveness skills to handle bullying behavior. Bullies (those who boss, threaten, exclude, demonstrate aggressiveness, etc.) are found on every playground. Students have every right to feel safe at school and they have a responsibility to tell a bully to leave them alone. Bystanders are also responsible for standing up for others when they are bullied. If the bully continues the behavior, students are responsible for reporting the problem to a teacher.

 

The Peaceful Playgrounds program has been implemented school wide. Staff & faculty have received training to learn the games and to ensure that playground rules are enforced consistently. Kindergarten through 5th grade students all play by the same rules for each game, eliminating arguments over game violations.

 

Being able to play cooperatively empowers children and teaches them to work cooperatively both in and out of the classroom.

 

Through classroom guidance, students have learned (and most can recite) the “rules of the road” promoted by Peaceful Playgrounds:

 

  • We value – Fair Play.
  • We support – You can’t say, you can’t play.
  • We use – Walk-Talk-Rock.
  • We agree to – Play By The Rules.
  • We know – Bullies are cruel and bystanders rule.
  • We pledge – To Promote Peace On The Playground!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Check out our playground photos & take a look at us then & now. But we Aren’t Finished Yet! Still to come is the US Map Stencil (35′x38′) that will be painted after the first of the year. This will be a wonderful teaching tool for our social studies classes. Volunteers are needed to paint that rascal! Throw down bases for kickball and “softball” (played without a bat) are going down. The maintenance department is removing the old fitness stations , making room for the new volleyball court. Tetherball will be put up in January.

 

Many, many thanks to the Moore County Education Foundation, the Pinehurst Elementary School PTA, and to Sara Bigley, Principal, and our wonderful painters for their enormous support of this project!

 

Pinehurst Elementary School Playground

Pinehurst Elementary Playground Photo Album

Marking your School Playground

[jwplayer config="Large Player" mediaid="1722"]In marking the playground the following supplies are necessary: 100 foot measuring tape, paint, playground chalk, snap line, a taut rope on a stake for marking the radius of circles, old cloth for spills, large sticks of chalk for detail work and layout prior to painting.

Paint

Color adds a great deal to the playground, both aesthetically and functionally.

The paint colors may be selected on preference. It is recommended that the primary, kindergarten, and preschool playgrounds use primary colors to enhance color recognition.

A colorful playground is inviting and fun! Use “Stripers” (parking lot) paint for streets and curbs. It is the most durable outdoors on asphalt. Use a well known local paint supplier. Stripers paint is available at Home Depot or Lowes.

Sweep, wash down and let the area to be painted dry completely prior to painting the designs. Use chalk and layout the entire playground before beginning painting. New asphalt should be allowed to cure for one month prior to painting.

  • Use a roller for applying paint to a large surface area.
  • Paint machines or brushes are both suitable when working with grids.
  • Do not use a top sealer, as this could contribute to slippage.

Our Playground Paint Machine is is available with 6 cans of white stripers spray paint and paint machine, for outlining all the game courts. We sell only white commercial contractors quality striping paint. Detail work is rolled on and we recommend 4 colors (red, blue, yellow, & green.) One gallon of each will be more than enough. Detail work is letters, numbers, shapes and feet.

DO NOT USE PAINT UNLESS IT IS STRIPERS PAINT OR PAINT USED TO PAINT PARKING LOTS OR STREETS! IT WILL NOT LAST. Be sure to sweep down the surface and then wash it down the day before painting. Do not use a top coat or sealer. It creates slippery surfaces which can be dangerous!

Most Popular Playground Games

  • 4 square
  • Longball
  • Basketball
  • Around the World
  • Tetherball
  • Multi-use Circle
  • Wallball
  • Alphabet Track
  • Running Track-Painted Line
  • KDG- Tricycle Track
  • Prisoner Court (VB)
  • Skipping Track
  • US Map
  • Beanbag Toss

Turf Area Games

Large areas of turf are very attractive, offer a soft surface, and are most desirable for playing many games. When using both the grass and blacktop areas you spread out distribution of children for better space utilization.

For lines in the grass of a permanent nature, mark the courts with a grass killer type product. Refer to your local school policy for guidelines appropriate use and safety around children.

Most states have regulations as to what chemicals can be used around children. Therefore districts typically supervise any chemical that is put on grass or elsewhere on school grounds. Your grounds department or gardening crew typically have a chemical that they use to burn the lines in.

We recommend you check with the people who mark your football or baseball fields at the local high school. They will most likely have an approved product for marking in the lines.

A chemical burn really means a chemical that kills the grass on the 2″ line. This may in fact be a commercial weed killer. Be certain to check what products are regulated by your state.

Regardless of the safety assurances, it is highly suggested that children stay off the grassy areas at least 48 hours after the grass is treated. A line marking cart is available at most high schools or district facilities departments.

Supplies for Marking Your Playground

  • Playground Chalk
  • Rope
  • Stake(s)
  • Old Rags
  • Stripers Paint
  • Paint Stir
  • Chalk Snap Line
  • Paint Roller
  • Paint Brush
  • 100 ft. Measuring Tape
  • 25 ft. Measuring Tape

 

The Peaceful Playgrounds stencil set is included in our Program Kit. The complete set of 41 stencils includes:

  • Letter Set (A – Z)
  • Number Set (0 – 9)
  • Shape Set (Circle, Square, Rectangle, Triangle)
  • Feet Grid (1 Piece with 2 feet)

U.S. Map Stencil

The map illustration looks approximately how your finished map will look. Follow the simple instructions for best results.

Map Stencil Layout

  1. Locate a section of the asphalt/concrete which is about 35 feet wide by 36 feet long.
  2. Make sure the surface is clean. Sweep and wash if needed.
  3. Unroll stencil section 1>2 15 feet below the top of your cleared area. This will allow you room for Alaska.
  4. Anchor the stencil with masking tape to keep the wind from blowing it around.
  5. Unroll stencil section 2 below and next to section 1>2 on the side indicated by the >2. Be sure the stamped edges of the sections are aligned and the adjacent edges are close together.
  6. Unroll the rest of the sections in order, so that the final layout looks like the illustration.
  7. Note that there are TWO versions of Alaska off the west coast. The large is done in the same scale as the rest of the states. . . Alaska is enormous. The smaller version is included for grounds which do not have enough room to paint the full size Alaska. Tape together the sections of the Alaska you wish to use. Cut Alaska out and move it above Washington as on the Illustration. Also, move the Hawaiian Islands as shown.
  8. Chalk the holes with white school chalk, or paint with spray paint.
  9. Remove the stencil.
  10. Connect the dots.
  11. Paint the states.

Painting the Map

1. Use 100% acrylic latex paint (stripers paint), about 1 gallon of each color. If you are using the full size Alaska, you may want to conserve paint by only painting the outline.

2. Use four colors (five if you paint the Great Lakes blue) as shown on the color map. A useful idea is to give each team of helpers a color and a copy of the color map so they can go to each of their states and paint and don’t have to ask “What’s next?”

4. Helpful items: sponge brushes for the borders, regular bristle brushes to paint states, coffee cans with water to wash brushes, rags, knee pads.

Green, Yellow, Pink, Orange & Blue pastels work best.

Tell the Community

Don’t forget to prepare a Press Release for the community!

Need some additional information? Take a look at these Resources or try our Feedbackform!

NYAHPERD Fall Conference 2005

New York Alliance for Health, Physical Education,
Recreation, Dance and Sport
We Count! Pedometer Wellness Program
Melinda Bossenmeyer, PhD, Peaceful Playgrounds, Inc.
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2005 FAHPERDS International Fall Conference

Florida Alliance for Health, Physical Education,
Recreation, Dance and Sport
Orlando, Florida – October 13-15, 2005 FAHPERD
FUNdamental Movement Program
We Count! Pedometer Wellness Program
Melinda Bossenmeyer, PhD, Peaceful Playgrounds, Inc.

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2005 California Childhood Obesity Conference

Launching a Movement: Linking Our Efforts to Make a Difference
San Diego, California – January 9-12, 2005
Physical Activity: A Healthy Movement on School Campuses
Moderator: Margaret Aumann, MPH, RD, Nutrition Consultant, Ca Department of Education
Melinda Bossenmeyer, PhD, Peaceful Playgrounds, Inc.
Dianne Wilson-Graham, Physical Education Consultant, Ca Department of Education.

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California Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance

CAHPERD Conference
Monterey, CA – March 18, 2005
A Summary of Recommendations: CA Superintendent of School Task Force on Childhood Obesity, Type 2 Diabetes, and Cardiovascular Disease.
Melinda Bossenmeyer, Dianne Wilson-Graham and Greg Payne.

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PEP Grant Writing – Working with Winners

View our presentation from the Winning Grants Conference in South Carolina. Working with Winners: How to tap in on experience when writing your PEP Grant.

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Writing a Winning PEP Grant:
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Sample of a complete winning PEP Grant including Fundamental Movement, Peaceful Playgrounds and We Count Wellness Program. – 460kb – 35 Pages

Program Grant Writing Template

Download a copy of our Program Grant Writing Template and get a head start on writing a successful proposal for implementing the Peaceful Playgrounds Program in your own school.

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Implementation Guidebook

This guidebook is meant to support you in your implementation process. Careful monitoring and research conducted on the Peaceful Playgrounds program indicates proper implementation is the key factor in accomplishing the outcomes of the program.

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Playground Implementation Forms

These forms will assist you in organizing and reporting on your playground activity.

This document includes Pad of 4 ready to print “Playground Report” forms and a Peaceful Playgrounds “Equipment Checkout Sheet.”

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For more information on playground safety, contact The Consumer Product Safety Commission  at (800) 638- 2772 or www.cpsc.gov. You can view the “Handbook for Playground Safety” (pdf) and the “Public Playground Safety Checklist” or get a free copy by writing to CPSC, Washington, DC 20207.

Reduce Recess Confrontations

[jwplayer config="Large Player" mediaid="1653"]The playground is an essential part of any school and every community.

Children spend many hours of their day occupying themselves with what the playground has to offer.

The nearby neighborhood may enjoy both its appearance and its utility.

Well marked game activities provide increased motivation for children to enter into an activity and become engaged in purposeful play, thus cutting down on playground confrontations.

Office disciplinary referrals are drastically reduced on a colorfully marked playground.

“These new designs allow for more game choices, which results in fewer problems and increased engagement in activities.” - Assistant Principal Ashley Falls School

Increase Motor Skills

When color is added to game markings, it not only is aesthetically appealing, but allows for academic learning opportunities as well. Game markings should be developmentally appropriate according to the age and motor skill abilities of the children.

“The Strategic Alliance Institute recognizes our program for providing quality physical education, facilities and equipment for active play.” - Strategic Alliance

Appropriate blueprints for painting blacktop spaces are available in the following age groups: Preschool/Kindergarten, Primary (K-3), and Upper Elementary (grades 3-6). Ablueprint for suggested turf designs is also available for grades 1-6.

Dramatic Injury Reductions

The Peaceful Playgrounds Program distributes students evenly throughout the playing area and fields. With colorful markings and plenty of equipment, the objective is to engage the maximum number of students in healthy, often educational, purposeful play.

Recent studies have shown decreases of over 80% in serious playground injuries after implementing the program. Office referrals have been reduced up to 86%.

“Another brilliant piece to the puzzle is the Peaceful Playground lessons for kids about conflict resolution – because knowing how to play hard AND nice is at the core of everyone going home happy.” - Iconoculture

Community Involvement

Community members and parent groups such as PTA, PTO high school leadership groups, and Boy/Girl Scout Organizations are often looking for service projects for the community. The Peaceful Playground Program has packaged the materials and necessary supplies for creating a fun-filled “Peaceful Playground” at a reasonable cost.

Maximize Playground Efficiency

When the Principal of Pioneer Elementary in Escondido realized that with a playground of less than 4 acres for a student population of over 1,000 students something needed to be done to maximize the time the students spent on the playground. She turned to Peaceful Playgrounds for the solution.

“Now our students have structured games to engage in and it allows them to learn skills that they would not otherwise have the opportunity to learn. It has reduced the number of discipline problems on our playground.”

 


Peaceful Playgrounds Program VideoPeaceful Playgrounds Program Video
The standard for safe elementary school playgrounds!
Introduction to the Peaceful Playgrounds Program – 20 minutes.

Select your products - Order online or by calling toll free 1-877-444-9888.

Playground Program Recognition

[jwplayer config="Large Player" mediaid="1598"]Many of the most respected sources in health and education recommend Dr. Melinda Bossenmeyer’s innovativePeaceful Playgrounds and We Count!Student Wellness Programs.

Peaceful Playgrounds is recognized as a fully NCLB Compliant Program. The Federal No Child Left Behind Act encourages the use of programs and approaches that work to protect students and teachers, encourage discipline and personal responsibility.

The National School Safety Center Report demonstrates the program’s safety, conflict resolution and violence prevention results.

Over 8,000 schools have discovered these are the most effective solutions for playground safety and childhood obesity. Now is the time to request a Peaceful Playgrounds Product Brochure for your school or one of your colleagues.

“Anyone who still bears psychic scars from childhood games of dodgeballwill rejoice to learn that many schools are working actively to introduce children to nonviolent games of cooperation. MediationChannelSupport and inspiration for these kinds of efforts often comes from organizations like Peaceful Playgrounds, whose goals include reducing injuries, decreasing violence and bullying, and encouraging educational and purposeful play. A conflict resolution component forms part of the overall Peaceful Playgrounds program.” - MediationBlog.

Best in Class! – Brings about Whole School Change!

Action for Healthy Kids
National experts rated excellent! Peaceful Playgrounds addresses a number of national standards. “Their rapid expansion attests that the approach is both practical and a realistic intervention for schools interested in this cost effective childhood obesity intervention that gets kids moving.”

 

Federal Government Research & Recommendations

The National Guideline Clearinghouse

The NGC is a public resource for evidence-based clinical practice guidelines. NGC is an initiative of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. NGC was originally created by AHRQ in partnership with the American Medical Association and the American Association of Health Plans (now America’s Health Insurance Plans [AHIP]).

There is little consistent data available on time spent by elementary and middle school students in MVPA while on the playground. Estimates range from 5% to 40% depending on the age and gender of the child.

Several studies have shown that the following low cost interventions on playgrounds can increase MVPA. While research remains somewhat limited, these interventions are easy to implement, show positive results, and are low in cost.

To increase time spent in MVPA during unstructured recess time:

  • Have the physical education teacher instruct all students on proper use of playground equipment.
  • Offer prompts and encouragement for activity. Suggested prompts to engage students:
    • How many times can you jump the rope in one minute?
    • How many times can you go across the horizontal ladder?
    • How many baskets can you make in one minute?
  • Increase the available permanent equipment on the playground, such as basketball hoops, volleyball nets, tennis courts.
  • Increase the number of balls on the playground.
  • Paint playground equipment with bright fluorescent colors.
  • Paint playground markings on the playground surface. Examples: letter squares, mazes, hopscotch squares, castles, pirate ships, ladders, giant clock faces.
  • Use pre-developed design templates, specifically designed to increase physical activity on the playground.

Peaceful Playgrounds is a recommended program for playground markings that increase children’s physical activity levels at recess.”

Increasing physical activity in schools: kindergarten through eighth grade 

Recommendations

Model Programs in Nutrition and Physical Activity with Young People - General Mills focus is to support innovative programs that focus on youth nutrition and fitness, social services, education and arts and culture.

Make Movement a Part of Every Day - The Alliance for a Healthier Generation recommends a structured, safe and inclusive environment on the playground by coordinating a variety of schoolyard sports and games during recess.

The Disparity Reducing Advances Project - The Institute for Alternative Futures has identified Peaceful Playgrounds as a promising advance for bringing health gains to the poor and underserved and lowering the risk of childhood obesity through their comprehensive playground programs. - School Based Wellness Programs Report

The Vermont Healthy Schools Resource for Physical Activity - The Vermont Department of Health and Education & Action for Healthy Kids recommends Peaceful Playgrounds as a National Resource for school playground blueprints to help introduce children and school staff to the many choices of activities available on playgrounds and field areas.

The Strategic Alliance for Healthy Food and Activity Environments  - Strategic Alliance is a coalition of nutrition and physical activity advocates in California. School Activity Environments that provide equipment and playground facilities for active play.

Promising Practices in After School - The PPAS System is an effort to find and share things that are working in after school programs. Peaceful Playgrounds is a physical activity program that has shown to decrease playground injuries, decrease bullying, and increase children’s physical activity levels.

Peace and Justice Resource Center - Highlighting organizations and individuals, committed to work for peace in our community. Peaceful Playgrounds: an Elementary Teacher’s Guide to Recess Games and Markings.

Willmar Public Schools District - Steps to a Healthier Willmar is supporting the Peaceful Playgrounds program at Lincoln Learning Center and Jefferson Elementary School.

Add Stencils to Playground for Recess and Classroom Use! - I’m partial to Peaceful Playgrounds because of the wonderful activity books and training that accompanies the whole thing for the teachers. It also comes with sample press releases, specific instructions and fabulous customer service to answer those last minute painting questions!

“Since 1995, the Peaceful Playgrounds program has prevented broken limbs, bloody noses and other playground injuries at E. Hale Curran Elementary School.” – The program brings the Murrieta school a statewide award from the California School Boards Association.

 Spotlight - Outstanding School Playground

Central Elementary School
Demonstrating their commitment to a safe, bully-free, respectful community that facilitates the social and emotional growth of children, Central Elementary School introduces an integrated approach that highlights Peaceful Playgrounds.

 

Recent Success Stories:
Field puts “Peace” of Mind into Playgrounds

Looking around the Field School playground, an observer can see a variety of activities going on–four square, scoop games, scattered circles, running bases and hopscotch. Disagreements are settled, not with loud arguments, but with constructive talk and sometimes “rock, paper, scissors.” This is Peaceful Playground at work. Last summer in sweltering heat, teachers, students, and parents collaborated to create the colorfully painted Field School Peaceful Playground. The purpose of Peaceful Playground is to provide activity for all students, ownership in civil behavior, and provide a safe recess time for every Field School student…
read this entire success story

Awards & Endorsements

Healthy Schools Campaign - This independent leading authority held a nationwide search for new and innovative products to help create healthier school environments for students, staff and faculty. National School Innovation Showcase Winner

Action for Healthy Kids  - A Nationwide Nonprofit Organization working to improve children’s nutrition and increase physical activity. Best in Class awarded by a panel of experts representing 27 national organizations and government agencies, based on ten criteria. Program Evaluation & Conclusions

The American Association for Leisure and Recreation  - The American Association for Leisure and Recreation Friend of Recreation Award is presented to an individual, group, or organization that has demonstrated meritorious contribution benefiting AALR or its programs. Award

California School Boards Association - CSBA believes that identifying exemplary programs serves as a way to share information about effective educational strategies with districts and county offices of education throughout the state. Golden Bell Award

Sharing Success - Sharing Success is publicly funded by the New York State Legislature to identify and disseminate successful educational programs and practices statewide. The Peaceful Playgrounds Program meets their rigorous evaluation standards. Profile

“The Peaceful Playgrounds concept takes a resource most playgrounds already have – open space – and transforms blacktops and fields into play areas for different age groups with activities such as tetherball, wall ball, and Frisbee golf.” - Louisiana Department of Education

Free Monthly Newsletter!

The monthly Play Nice! Newsletter is full of tips and techniques for managing a Peaceful Playground. Each month subscribers receive links to valuable resources for freeplayground grants and updated product information on the award winning playground safety program from Dr. Melinda Bossenmeyer. Add your email address today!

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School Playground Grants

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The Peaceful Playgrounds Program Kit includes several activity guides, rule books, program overview video, problem-solving strategies, and permanent game and activity designs painted on blacktop.

An ideal program to assure funding of your (PEP) physical education grant.

Add the Equipment Package to fully implement the Peaceful Playgrounds Program.

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Curriculum
  • Rule Books
  • Activity Guides
  • Playground Reports
  • Equipment Checkout Lists
  • Playground Procedures
  • Playground Rules
  • Site License for program & designs 
  • Map of U.S. Stencil

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Resources
  • Equipment Package(Over 200 pieces of playground equipment)
  • 100 permanent game and activitymarkings to be painted on the playgrounds ( 41 stencils, 4-blueprints)
  • Program Overview Video
  • Good Sports Coupons and Awards

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Training
  • CD of PowerPoint Presentation
  • Handouts
  • Facilitator Notes
  • Overhead Transparencies
  • Face-to-Face Workshop
  • Follow-Up Coaching as needed

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Assessment/Evaluation
  • Data Analysis
  • Surveys to assist with evaluation
  • Final report writing
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Community Transformation Grants

Grants support the implementation, evaluation, and dissemination of evidence-based community preventive health activities. Playground markings are a popular intervention strategy for childhood obesity.

Ten Tips to Getting Your Grant Funded

A grant is a monetary award given by a government agency, foundation, corporation, or other entity to another body in order to plan, implement or operate a particular program or fund a particular project. Learn how to get your playground grant funded.

 

Free Webinar – Grant Writing For Beginners

Don’t miss this opportunity to hear practical advice from an experienced and successful educational grant writer. Dr. Bossenmeyer’s grant writing has secured more than $10 Million in funded educational grants. Visit our Webinars page to register for this free grant writing training!

 

Program Grant Writing Template

Ideal templates to use for Company or Foundation Grants. Download a copy of our Program Grant Writing Template and get a head start on writing a successful proposal for implementing the Peaceful Playgrounds Program in your own school.

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RESEARCH BASED – NCLB COMPLIANT
  • Sharing Success Program Recipient
  • Golden Bell Award Winner – Safety
     
PRINCIPALS REPORTED:
  • Reduced Playground Injuries . . . . . 67%
  • Reduced Bullying incidents . . . . . . . 66%
  • Children More Physically Active . . . . 87%

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Playground Funding Sources

Obama Administration Proposes Changes to PEP Program

In an effort to streamline the Department of Education (USDE)’s programs and increase effectiveness, the President’s FY 2011 budget contains major changes to the PEP grant program. According to the USDE Website, the President’s budget proposes to eliminate six programs and consolidate 38 others into 11 new authorities. The PEP program, along with five other programs, would be consolidated into a new authority called “Successful, Safe and Healthy Students.”

This new authority comes with a budget request of $410 million, more than all six of the individual program budgets combined in FY 2010. The Department plans to direct funding “toproven or promising practices while providing greater support and technical assistance to grantees.”

Read the NASPE Press Release

Spotlight – PEP Grant Success Store 

As part of a two-year Carol A. White federal grant for improving physical fitness for students in grades kindergarten through fifth, each of the eight District 112 elementary school playgrounds has been painted with colorful shapes and lines.

 

Everything you need to Succeed in applying for a Latest PEP Grant!


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PEP Grant Writing – Working with Winners

View our presentation from the Winning Grants Conference in South Carolina. Working with Winners: How to tap in on experience when writing your PEP Grant.

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Free Assistance in Writing your Grant Application!

PEP Grants are available before March of each year to improve your school. The Peaceful Playgrounds Program is the perfect solution to ensure a successful government playground grant application. Sign up Now and use our experience to write a winning application for your district.

 

Looking for an Award Winning PEP Grant Program?

PEP – Physical Education for Progress

The U.S. Department of Education will award grants under this competition to local educational agencies and community-based organizations to initiate, expand, or improve physical education programs, including after-school programs, for students in one or more grades from kindergarten through 12th grade in order to help students make progress toward meeting state standards for physical education.

The PEP grant provides funding for the development and implementation of physical education programs. Funds are provided for curriculum development, teacher training, student fitness assessments, data collection and evaluations. Equipment purchases are allowable when successful grant applicants propose programs that address various aspects of a comprehensive physical education program.

School Playground Grant Writing Resources

Looking for more information on grants and resources? Check the Grants Clearing Houses below or sign up for our free monthly Peaceful Playgrounds Grants Newsletter which are full of current funding opportunities.

  • Grants 4 Teachers Your complete online resource for information related to K-12 grants. They focus on the needs of teachers, particularly K-12 educators. Their goal is to help teachers save time and money by maximizing their online experience.
  • eSchool News online This online version of a monthly magazine contains a grants section with regularly updated grant, scholarship, professional development, and other funding opportunities for both educators and students.
  • GrantsAlert This Web site’s goal is to “make life a little easier for those who devote their time to searching for education grants and identifying new funding opportunities for their organizations, schools, districts, consortia, and state education agencies.”
  • Grants.gov Allows organizations to electronically find and apply for competitive grant opportunities from all federal grant-making agencies, and encompasses over 900 grant programs offered by the twenty six Federal grant-making agencies. It streamlines the process of awarding over $350 billion annually to state and local governments, academia, not-for-profits, and other organizations.
  • SchoolGrants A collection of resources and tips to help K-12 educators apply for and obtain special grants for a variety of projects. The site offers fundraising ideas, sample proposals, grant writing tips, and scholarship information.
  • Chronicle of Philanthropy A useful free feature on this site is the “Deadlines” section. On the left side toolbar under “Features,” click on “Deadlines.” You can then search for open funding opportunities by topic area such as, “children and youth” or “community health.” The results of your search provide you with a list of open grants, a short description, their deadline, and a link to their web site.
  • Grantsmanship Center The Grantsmanship Center has a state map that allows you to search for grantmaking foundations and community foundations in your state. Search results provide direct links to foundation Web sites.
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Playground Research

NCLB Compliant Playground Program

Scientific Research Review

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Playground Markings increase children’s physical activity levels.

Scientifically based research cited in the literature review demonstrates that a research base exists to support the use of playground markings for improving children’s physical activity levels.

Research conclusions from this review include:

  • Increase children’s physical activity levels. Use of playground markings is effective in increasing the amount of physical activity.
  • Increase children’s energy expenditures. Students utilizing playground markings increased their energy expenditure significantly over the control groups.
  • Increase activity levels in primary and junior schools. Use of playgrounds painted with multicolored markings increase physical activity.
  • Decrease bullying. Use of playground markings, in conjunction with the Peaceful Playgrounds Program, were found to decrease playground bullying.
  • Decrease playground confrontations. Use of playground markings, in conjunction with the Peaceful Playgrounds Program, were found to decrease playground confrontations.
  • Decrease playground injuries. Use of playground markings, in conjunction with the Peaceful Playground program, were shown to decrease playground injuries.
The Peaceful Playgrounds Program significantly reduced injuries while at the same time dramatically reduced the incidences of rule infractions and misbehavior.

 

Evidence-Based Strategies to Address Childhood Obesity in Florida
Florida’s Martin County Health Department embarked on a three-year effort to use quality improvement processes to address contributing risk factors that impact childhood overweight and obesity.

Research Results & Recommendations

Results from this study are clearly promising and this novel, inexpensive intervention which used the children to help select game markings, has potential to improve the health of children by increasing their energy expenditure through the promotion of physically active recess games.

Overall, the results suggest that playground painting can be a low-cost method of significantly increasing children’s daily physical activity levels in the short term. If these increases can be sustained on playgrounds designed in this way, it could be a valuable contribution to health-related physical activity recommendations for young people.

United States Department of Education Classic Program Recognition

Blueprint and Promising programs have been determined by the United States Department of Education’s Safe and Drug-Free School and Community Program research; Classic and Emerging programs have been selected by the California Hate Crime Task Force. Four specific criteria were used by the Center for the Study and Prevention of Violence for selecting and identifying Blueprint or Promising programs for United States Department of Education.

  1. Strong Research Design.
  2. Evidence of Significant Prevention or Deterrent Effects.
  3. Multiple Site Replication.
  4. Sustained Effects.

Peaceful Playgrounds was a highlighted program in the curriculum category for the Promising Practices in After School Programming List Serve.
Peaceful Playgrounds is a physical activity program that has shown to decrease playground injuries, decrease bullying, and increase children’s physical activity levels.

The National Guideline Clearinghouse recommends our activities as a way to increase time spent in moderate to vigorous physical activity during unstructured recess time.
Increasing physical activity in schools: kindergarten through eighth grade..
Use pre-developed design templates specifically designed to increase physical activity on the playground. Playground Markings and Activities are available from Peaceful Playgrounds. 

Action for Healthy Kids:
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Evaluation by a nationwide initiative that acts to decrease the incidence of childhood obesity by improving nutrition and increasing physical activity in schools, which will improve children’s readiness to learn. – 39kb – 2 Pages

Take Time! Physical Activity in Schools Initiative:
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The following programs have been either research tested and proven effective or reviewed and considered to be a promising practice. – 232kb – 6 Pages

Classic and Promising Program Status:
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Violence or hate behavior prevention programs toolkit – 97kb – 27 Pages

Promising Practice After School Programming:
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The Whole Story – Promising Practices in After School – 56kb – 3 Pages

Physical Education Best Practices Initiatives – Wisconsin:
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A sample of physical education initiatives in Wisconsin – 58kb – 1 Page

Carol M. White Physical Education Program (PEP) Evaluation
Bullying and feelings of safety, seemed to improve over the course of the grant, and students improved as assessed by the Clark Motor Skills Inventory and the We Count pedometer program.
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January 2006 – 21 Pages – 188kb

Nassau County Health Department Evaluation
Peaceful Playgrounds schools reported very positive impact of recess or physical activity on academic achievement, social development and general well-being. Major improvement in overall classroom behavior after recess, physical education, or school physical activity.
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January 2008 – 24 Pages – 10mb

State Department of Education and Health Department Citations

A Plan for Playground Games
Louisiana Department of Education – Action for Healthy Kids

A case study examines the effects of the Peaceful Playgrounds

The Effects of Peaceful Playgrounds on Injury Reduction
February 2005

San Diego County Consortium Physical Education for Progress
The San Diego County Consortium (SDCC) was designed to provide standards-based curriculum, equipment and instructional support for physical education programs in elementary schools without physical education specialists.
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California Obesity Prevention Initiative
COPI and its partners work to create environments and policies that support physical activity and healthy eating for all Californians.
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The New P.E. & Sports Dimension

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December 2008 – 4 Pages – 38kb

Reducing Conflict at our School – Twin Peaks Elementary

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Peaceful Playgrounds

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August 2004 – 15 Pages – 92kb

Portable Playground Equipment and Increased Physical Activity

Increasing preschoolers’ physical activity intensities: an activity-friendly preschool playground intervention Hannon JC, Brown BB. Prev Med. 2008 Jun;46(6):532-6. Epub 2008 Jan 26.

The purpose of this study was to see if portable play equipment added to a preschool playground resulted in higher intensities of physical activity among 3-5-year-old children.

Conclusion: Results suggest simple interventions, requiring little teacher training, can yield increases in healthy physical activity.

Relationships between the home environment and physical activity and dietary patterns of preschool children: a cross-sectional study N Spurrier, A Magarey, R Golley, F Curnow and M Sawyer. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity 2008, 5:31

Conclusion: Physical attributes of the home environment and parental behaviors are associated with preschool children’s physical activity, sedentary behaviors and dietary patterns. Many of these variables are modifiable and could be targeted in childhood obesity prevention and management. Three factors influenced the amount of children’s physical activity at home. 1. parental physical activity, 2. size of backyard, and 3. amount of outdoor play equipment.

San Diego County Office of Education
Instructional Television Presentation

Shaping Up: It’s ElementaryShaping Up: It's Elementary
Solutions for Childhood Obesity.
PEP Grant Components.
SPARK and Peaceful Playgrounds.
View this 30 minute program…

Research on Playground Markings and Increased Physical Activity

Research shows physical activity is linked to increased learning Deb Loy, MSBA Journal. 2008 July/August.

Conclusion: Physical activity has always been a part of children’s educational experience. While many factors have contributed to the decline in students’ activity levels, there are multiple reasons and resources for school leaders to consider in reclaiming physical activity as an essential component to their growth, development and education.

The effect of multicolor playground markings on children’s physical activity level during recess Stratton G, Mullan E., Prev Med. 2005 Nov-Dec;41(5-6):828-33. Epub 2005 Aug 31.

Conclusion: Multicolor playground markings can be a low-cost method of increasing children’s daily physical activity levels in the short term. If these increases were sustained, then school playgrounds with multicolor markings would make a valuable contribution to physical activity recommendations for young people.

Promoting children’s physical activity in primary school: an intervention study using playground markings Stratton G. , Ergonomics. 2000 Oct;43(10):1538-46

Conclusion: These results suggest that while playground markings had a significant and positive influence on children’s physical activity, factors other than playground markings may also influence children’s physically active play.

Long-term effects of a playground markings and physical structures on children’s recess physical activity levels Ridgers ND, Stratton G, Fairclough SJ, Twisk JW. Prev Med. 2007 May;44(5):393-7. Epub 2007 Feb 1.

Conclusion: The results suggest that a playground redesign, which utilizes multicolor playground markings and physical structures, is a suitable stimulus for increasing children’s school recess physical activity levels.

Children’s physical activity levels during school recess: a quasi-experimental intervention study Ridgers ND, Stratton G, Fairclough SJ, Twisk JW. Int J Behav Nutr Phys Act. 2007 May 21;4:19.

Conclusion: The playground redesign intervention (playground markings and physical structures intervention) resulted in small but non-significant increases in children’s recess physical activity when school and pupil level variables were added to the analyses. Changing the playground environment produced a stronger intervention effect for younger children, and longer daily recess duration enabled children to engage in more MVPA following the intervention.

This study concludes that the process of increasing recess physical activity is complex when school and pupil-level covariates are considered, though they should be taken into account when investigating the effects of playground intervention studies on children’s physical activity during recess.

PLAYGROUND RESEARCH PROJECTS AT A GLANCE

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Download a Copy of our Current Research Projects

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Peaceful Playground Blueprints

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The playground is an essential part of any school and every community. Children spend many hours of their day occupying themselves with what the playground has to offer. The nearby neighborhood may enjoy both its appearance and its utility.

Well marked game activities provide increased motivation for children to enter into an activity and become engaged in purposeful play, thus cutting down on playground confrontations.When color is added to game markings, it not only is aesthetically appealing, but allows for academic learning opportunities as well.

Game markings should be developmentally appropriate according to the age and motor skill abilities of the children. These designs show the appropriate game markings based on the age of the children. The designs also recommend placement and distance between activities for various game markings. A helpful tool for parent groups or painters.

Four Playground Designs:

  • Preschool and Kindergarten
  • Primary (grades K-3)
  • Upper (grades 4-6)
  • Field Designs and Markings

A set of 4 Blueprints and 4 Activity Guides are included with the Program Kit.

Please note that these games must be measured out .

The stencils included in the Peaceful Playgrounds Program Kit are the numbers, letters, feet and shapes which are for the detail work in painting the playground.

A time saving solution to measuring out the games is the Recess Roll Out Stencil Pack which includes roll out stencils for our most popular recess games including: multi-use circle, four square, number line, hopscotch, target and ball hopscotch.

A Site License is issued for the use of these designs at a single school site.

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Blueprints are include with the Peaceful Playgrounds Program!

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Instructional Playground Games DVD

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Now it is easier than ever to spread the power of the Peaceful Playgrounds Program!

A ground-breaking set of three DVD’s and three accompanying Rules Guides is now available, that can be used by teachers and students alike, to easily learn how many exciting and constructive playground games are played!

Learn how to create a playground that really works!

Navigate the easy-to-use menus to select any of over 25 games actually filmed being played by real students, games for Pre-school and Kindergarten, Primary Grades 1-3 & Upper Elementary Grades 4-6.

These are all the games students will love, like Frog in the Sea, Scramble, Freeze Out, Number & Alphabet Grids, Four Square, and many more!

Preschool – Kindergarten Games

Alphabet Grid / Midline Jumping / Crossover Walking / Skipping Track / Multi-Use Circle – Pinball / Multi-Use Circle – Name Ball / Multi-Use Circle – Scramble / Balance Beam / Hopscotch

Primary Grades 1-3

Ball Hopscotch / Frog in the Sea / Tetherball / Freeze Out / Multi-Use Circle – Hit the Bucket / Multi-Use Circle – Name Ball / Number Grid / Four Square / Bean Bag Four Square / Multi-Use Circle – Four Corners / Bean Bag Target Toss / Alphabet Track

Upper Elementary Grades 3-6

Around the World / Pickle / Prisoner / Bounce Ball / Long Ball / Twenty One / Four Corners

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Playground Games DVD – Included with the Peaceful Playgrounds Program!

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“I have used Peaceful Playgrounds for a year now and it really works. We’ve seen fantastic results. Now with this training video for our playground supervisors I think it will enhance our supervision 100% and make our playground even better and safer. Recess used to be something we all dreaded. Now the kids and adults look forward to it. It’s really fun.” – Counselor Rhondalyn Mock – Jackson Elementary School

3 DVD Set with Activity Guides

More than 25 elementary playground games and activities delivered in an instructional “how to play” format. Violations are also demonstrated and taught.

Each Games DVD comes with a companion rules guide which emphasizes the five components of a Peaceful Playground.

The DVDs offer the specific rules, and activities for the game markings.

 

School Playground Stencil Packages

Easy to Apply Roll-Out Stencils

United States Map Stencil

This geographically and proportionately accurate map of the United States is easy to apply and can be painted by four adults and 10 children in three hours.

  • Complete instructions with paint specifications.
  • This affordable, high quality, eight section single use paper stencil has holes which define detailed borders of the 50 states and the five Great Lakes.
  • Continental U.S. (48 states) covers an area 16′ x 27′
  • Scale 1 foot = 100 miles.
  • Encourages Educational Classroom Projects in History, Economics, Geography and Politics.

World Map Stencil

This easy to use stencil allows you to create a huge world mural that can be painted by four adults and ten 2nd – 4th graders in three hours.

  • Complete instructions with paint specifications.
  • This affordable, high quality, eight section single use paper stencil has holes which define detailed borders of the continents, countries, oceans, and the largest lakes of the world.
  • World Map covers an area 36′ x 18′
  • Scale 1 meter = 400 km.
  • Encourages Educational Classroom Projects in History, Economics, Geography and Politics.

Roll-out Stencil Packs. New roll out stencils make application a breeze. No measuring! Just roll out the full size activity stencils, chalk and paint. Two easy to apply sets to choose from. Brightly colored markings enhance motor skill development and provide activities for an outdoor motor learning lab.

Recess Set includes:
6 of the most popular recess game markings – Multi-use Circle, Hopscotch, Ball Hopscotch, Ball Target, Number Line and Foursquare.

All stencils arrive complete with full game rules and lots of activity suggestions.

Playground Stencil Sets

To assist you with the time consuming detail work of painting the playground, stencils are included in the program kit.

The complete set of 41 durable plastic stencils includes:

  • Letter Set (A – Z)
  • Number Set (0 – 9)
  • Shape Set (Circle, Square, Rectangle, Triangle)
  • Feet Grid (1 Piece with 2 feet)

Stencils are made of plastic and are appropriate for use at one school site. They are approximately 8” x 12” high in size when cut out.

All 41 playground stencils are included with the complete Peaceful Playgrounds Program Kit.

Paint Striping Machine

Our paint machine can be used on asphalt, cement and grass areas. The coordinated machine and paint work together to provide crisp, clean lines and bold marks quickly and professionally.

This high quality paint striping machine features 7″ wheels to provide a smooth ride on hard surfaces, such as concrete and blacktop. Engineered and designed for easy operation and durability.

  • 18-gauge all-steel construction
  • 12-can storage
  • Stripes widths of 2″ to 4″

Complete Paint Striping Package Information

 

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Playground Stencil Success Stories

Teachers and 4-H members at W. W. Stewart Elementary School recently painted a United States map on the back patio of the school playground. A stencil was obtained through a grant by Physical Education Teacher, Venessa Livingston. After using the stencil kit to produce a dot-to-dot image of the map, teachers and students volunteered time to make an outline, paint each state and the Great Lakes, and label each state with the two-letter abbreviations. Upon arrival to school the next morning, students were mesmerized by the site and have continuously played games on the map. There is little playground equipment at the school, and this map gives students an option that is both educational and fun. Teachers also use this map to reinforce lessons on the states and regions of the United States. By having resources such as this map available to them, teachers are able to enhance the education of all students at the school.

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I want to thank you for helping me with the stencil. I’ll tell you what if I didn’t have a stencil I would still be working on it now. The stencil was a lot of help and the Eagle Scout project was a great success. Your company was very helpful in giving me the things I needed and helping me with everything. The stencil was easy to use and created a great teaching tool for the students. I’ve already told several people about this website and told them to come to you for other playground projects. Thank you very much – Matt Molle

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Two Tracy Girl Scouts are Golden

The stated mission of the Girl Scouts is to build confidence, courage and character while making the world a better place. On May 22, the organization will recognize two Tracy girls who delivered on this promise. Elizabeth Holtz and Heather Stegner will receive the Girl Scout Gold Award, the Scouts highest honor. In order to reach this goal, both 17-year-old high school seniors have to fulfill a years-long list of requirements, then carry out a project entailing at least 65 hours of work that benefits the wider community. Holtz chose to decorate the South/West Park Elementary School playground using stencils and other materials from the Peaceful Playgrounds project. She acquired stencils from the organization, then measured and painted a colorful series of lessons and games around the playground. “They help the children get along better and resolve conflicts,” explained Holtz, who will attend UCLA this fall… more

Malcolm Maclachlan – The Tracy Press

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Map of the United States earns Award for Girl Scouts

Troop leader Denise Martin said “After discussing several ideas we chose painting the map of the United States at the local elementary school, Boone Trail.” The PTA was very enthusiastic and was a great resource in implementing our project. The stencil for the map was purchased by Boone Trail’s PTA from Peaceful Playgrounds. The process involved laying down large stencils with dots outlining the state. “Then we connected the dots. It was pretty amazing to see that it actually worked,” Martin said. The map of the United States is painted to scale. One foot equals 100 miles. Martin said the troop chose to paint Alaska to scale. When getting an up close look, Martin said that many people are amazed at how big Alaska really is in relation to the rest of the country. On the flip side they are surprised at how small Hawaii is. The paint is a durable outdoor paint that is used to paint parking lots, so it will be there for a while.

Linda Meyer – St. Louis Post-Dispatch

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Elementary Students Sing the States

Teachers, students, and PTO members at Grand Avenue Elementary recently finished a Fifty Nifty United States project. They produced a painted outdoor map of the United States. The concrete was provided for this large outdoor map of the United States by the Grand Avenue PTO. Peaceful Playgrounds stencils and kit were made possible by the Chickasha School Foundation. Teachers volunteered their time and talent to paint all the states and bordering oceans. This area of the playground was not being used because old playground equipment had to be removed and the space was trapping water. Now students are able to sing regional songs and walk through each region while working on their states and capitals. This map will be used school wide to explore geography that is related to every grades Priority Academic Student Skills (PASS) which is Oklahoma’s core curriculum. It is an excellent resource for students to learn outside of the classroom.

Oklahoma – The Express-Star

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Fitness Fun Zone

The Fitness Fun Zone is a one-of-a-kind evidence-based physical activity court designed to accommodate 1 to 50 individuals of various fitness abilities.

This Fitness FunZone outdoor court includes multiple game and activity applications that incorporate fitness and nutrition.

Schools will appreciate the ease of monitoring the activities that address NASPE Fitness Standards 3 and 4 in a manner that’s both effective and efficient. Ten minutes is all you need to customize your fitness in a variety of ways that allow for maximum to vigorous physical activity!

A study published by The American Physiological Society revealed that aerobic exercise during childhood is essential to cognitive development.

Being sedentary is associated with poorer academic performance. In contrast, exercise programs have been shown to improve memory, attention and decision-making abilities in the young and old alike.

Fitness FunZone is for:

Schools PTA’s & PTO’s – Parks YMCA’s Boys & Girls Clubs Fitness Clubs -Physical Activity Supervisors – Recreation Programmers – Physical Education Teachers – Fitness Coaches Classroom Teachers- Landscape Architects – Sports Coaches – After School Programmers – Health Coordinators – Obesity Prevention Coordinators

 

 

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Fitness FunZone Court:

The Fitness FunZone Court represents the core package of materials and includes four activities:

  • Twelve Fitness Stations
  • Twelve Jump Rope Stations
  • Four Corner Court
  • Nutrition Activity.

This core program is the foundation for a continued expanded line of exciting physical activity and sport specific activities coming soon!

 

Advantages of the Fitness FunZone:

  • Reminds Everyone of their Fitness Choices
  • Develops Strength and Endurance
  • Appropriate training for most sports and movement activities
  • Can be modified to suit any age, fitness, and health of each participant
  • Exercises are simple for successful participation
  • Wide range of circuit activities and games for participant motivation
  • Fitness Activity for Indoor Use Included

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Fitness FunZone includes:

  • Fitness and Jump Rope
  • Activity Stencils
  • Fitness Fun Zone Stencils
  • Jump Ropes, Beanbags, Dice
  • Site License
  • Convenient Storage Backpack
  • Nutritional Cards
  • Activity Manual
  • Fold-Out Blueprint
  • Circuit Training Music CD for 15, 30 & 45 seconds, and 15 minutes continuous play
  • Instructional DVD
  • Paint Machine including white spray paint
  • Fitness Skillastics Activity Kit

 

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2-GO Indoor Games Program

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The new 2 Go Games Kit includes everything you need to create and implement an exciting indoor Peaceful Playgrounds in your classroom, church or daycare center. The perfect solution for afterschool programs, rainy/snow day activities, physical education stations, volunteer led activities, youth groups, YMCA’s and many more. Great for Response to Intervention activities. 2 Go activities are highly motivating as kids think they are playing games, making learning fun. 2 Go Games are ideal for classroom stations and the table cards allow for 30 students to participate in each game. Integrated learning through movement activities introducing and enforcing academic concepts in a fun learning environment.

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The Peaceful Playgrounds 2 Go Indoor Games set includes Hopscotch, Balance Beam, Bean Bag Toss, Number Grid, Alphabet Grid and Target Game. All 6 Games come with a large game mat, markers, beanbags, storage bag and 30 table cards.

Mats can be used to reinforce both academic skills and motor skills. Motor skills practice could include hopping, jumping, stepping and throwing bean bags, etc.

All activities include a large rug activity and a table activity. To make it more challenging and fun, children at the large rug can switch places with the children at the table mats when an error is made.

 

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Number Grid:

  • Game Markers
  • 6 Bean Bags
  • 30 Table Mats
  • Large Number Grid Rug
  • Game Instructions
  • Activities Storage Bag

9 Academic Activities:

  1. 1 to 1 Relationship
  2. Number Identification
  3. Bingo Blackout with Numbers
  4. Jump around Randomly calling out Number
  5. Exercise & Number Recognition
  6. What Number Comes Next?
  7. Counting Backwards
  8. Counting Odd & Even Numbers
  9. Adding & Subtracting Challenges

Target Game:

  • Game Markers
  • 6 Bean Bags
  • 30 Table Mats
  • Large Target Game Rug
  • Game Instructions
  • Activities Storage Bag

 

6 Academic Activities:

  1. Letter Recognition
  2. Letter Identification
  3. Letter Sounds
  4. Beginning Letter Identification
  5. Directionality Practice
  6. Consonant-Vowel -Consonant Words

 

Bean Bag Toss:

  • Game Markers
  • 6 Bean Bags
  • 30 Table Mats
  • Large Bean Bag Toss Rug
  • Game Instructions
  • Activities Storage Bag

 

10 Academic Activities:

  1. 1 to 1 Relationship
  2. Color Recognition
  3. Color Identification
  4. Identify Color & Shape
  5. Adding with Counters

How Many? Speed Challenges

  1. Exercise & Number Recognition
  2. Sequencing Shapes
  3. Adding Challenges
  4. Tossing for Accuracy

 

Alphabet Grid:

  • Game Markers
  • 6 Bean Bags
  • 30 Table Mats
  • Large Alphabet Grid Rug
  • Game Instructions
  • Activities Storage Bag

 

8 Academic Activities:

  1. Alphabet Identification
  2. Alphabet Letter Sounds
  3. Initial Sound Practice
  4. What Letter Comes Next?
  5. Bingo Blackout
  6. Spelling Words or Consonant-Vowel-Consonant Words
  7. Spell First & Last Name – Street Name Spelling – Months
  8. “A” – My Name Is

 

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Hopscotch:

  • Game Markers
  • 6 Bean Bags
  • 30 Table Mats
  • Large Hopscotch Rug
  • Game Instructions
  • Activities Storage Bag

 

4 Academic Activities:

  1. Number Recognition
  2. Jumping Feet Together & Apart
  3. Traditional Hopscotch
  4. Game Board

 

Challenge Beam:

  • Game Markers
  • 6 Bean Bags
  • 30 Table Mats
  • Large Challenge Beam Rug
  • Game Instructions
  • Activities Storage Bag

 

10 Academic Activities:

  1. Color Identification
  2. Shape Recognition
  3. Identify Color & Shape
  4. Shape & Color Identification
  5. Directionality Practice
  6. Midline Walking
  7. How Many? Speed Challenge
  8. Sequencing Shapes
  9. Tossing for Accuracy
  10. 1-1 Relationship

 

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Fundamental Movement School PE Program

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Fundamental Movement is a motor skills program for preschool and primary children. It is a complete curriculum from which to teach from.

Fundament Movement allows you to create an outdoor motor learning lab for preschool children. An easy , do-it-yourself layout plan transforms your play space into a colorful arrangement of learning games and motor skills activities.

The Fundament Movement Program Kit allows you to design a custom play space, with permanent, painted-on activities that help make play and motor skills time a fun learning environment.

The following list of products will assist you in providing your students with a high quality motor skills curriculum.

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 Component #1- Perceptual Motor Development Guide

A skill development movement program for preschool and elementary teachers.

This guidebook contains the ingredients of a uniquely designed motor development program for early childhood and elementary school-age children. This skill-based guide was designed for quick reference and is filled with activities that kids love.

Teachers will appreciate the checklists and award certificates which aid in monitoring student progress in the areas of: Balance; Body and Space Awareness; Eye-Foot Coordination; Hand-Eye Coordination; Jumping and Sequencing, Loco-motor Movements; Social Skill Development; Small Motor Coordination; Total Body Coordination and Skill Development.

This complete package of Objectives, Instructional Tips, Activities, Checklists and Award Certificates will add both fun and flair to your program.

Component #2 – Outside Learning Lab

Unlike any other program, the Fundamental Movement Program offers unique markings that can be painted on the blacktop that enhance children’s motor development.

The Fundamental Movement Blueprint is designed for early childhood to grade two students.

The Blueprint has suggestions for painting, placement, and recommended game markings for your asphalt playground layout.

Playground Stencil Sets

To assist you with the time consuming detail work of painting the playground, stencils are included in the program kit.

A time saving solution to measuring out the games is our Roll Out Stencil Pack which includes roll out stencils for our most popular recess games including: multi-use circle, four square, number line, hopscotch, target and ball hopscotch.

Roll-out Stencil Packs. New roll out stencils make application a breeze. No measuring! Just roll out the full size activity stencils, chalk and paint. Two easy to apply sets to choose from.

Fundamental Movement Set – contains 10 markings for teaching physical education concepts like skipping and midline jumping.

Physical Education Set includes:
10 markings for teaching physical education concepts – Ladder, Vari-Beam, Block Walk, Midline and Crossover Walking Grids, Beam, Hopscotch, Beanbag Toss, Alphabet and Number Grids.

Component #3 – Motor Skills Task Cards

Motor Skills task cards makes teaching outside convenient for the teacher and motivating for students.

Component #4 – Staff Development Materials

A PowerPoint presentation is included with the Fundamental Movement program so that new staff members can be brought up-to-date on program components, teaching strategies, instructional tips, and the equipment needed.

Component #5 – Parent Newsletters

Monthly parent newsletters designed to inform parents of the contribution motor skills makes to the overall development of the child.

Monthly topics include:

“We’ve Been Having Fun” a description of the skills taught during the month; Fun games to practice at home, suggestions for games parents can play with their child and background information on the monthly theme.

Component #6 – Physical Activity Exercise Cards

This set of 12 animal activity cards are designed for an aerobic fitness circle which motivates kids to get moving.

The fitness circle activities include: hopping, skipping, toe touches, etc. around hula hoops laid out on the ground. Music contributes to a fast paced fitness circuit kids love. Individual classroom or school sets are available.

Physical Activity Exercise Cards

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A comprehensive set of playground equipment that will help you implement your Fundamental Movement Program.

Your Fundamental Movement Program Kit includes several activity guides with dozens of games and activities.

This huge playground equipment pack contains all the equipment you’ll need to fully implement the Fundamental Movement Playground Program at your school.

Fundamental Movement Equipment Pack Contents:

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New roll out stencils make application a breeze. No measuring! Just roll out the full size activity stencils, chalk and paint. Two easy to apply sets to choose from. Brightly colored markings enhance motor skill development and provide activities for an outdoor motor learning lab.

Physical Education Set includes:

10 markings for teaching physical education concepts – Ladder, Vari-Beam, Block Walk, Midline and Crossover Walking Grids, Beam, Hopscotch, Beanbag Toss, Alphabet and Number Grids.

Recess Set includes:

6 of the most popular recess game markings – Multi-use Circle, Hopscotch, Ball Hopscotch, Ball Target, Number Line and Foursquare.

All stencils arrive complete with full game rules and lots of activity suggestions.

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Our paint machine can be used on asphalt, cement and grass areas. The coordinated machine and paint work together to provide crisp, clean lines and bold marks quickly and professionally.

This high quality paint striping machine features 7″ wheels to provide a smooth ride on hard surfaces, such as concrete and blacktop. Engineered and designed for easy operation and durability.

  • 18-gauge all-steel construction
  • 12-can storage
  • Stripes widths of 2″ to 4″

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[expand title="5. PE Program Site License"]

The contents of the Peaceful Playgrounds Program are protected by trademark and copyright laws. All documents and materials in the program kits are licensed for use at a single school site only. Materials must be purchased for each physical address where they are to be used.

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Head Start Fundamental Movement Value Added Package

Peaceful Playgrounds is a Head Start Body Start Preferred Vender!

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Fundamental Movement
is a motor skills program for preschool and primary children. It is a complete curriculum from which to teach from. Fundament Movement allows you to create an outdoor motor learning lab for preschool children. This do-it-yourself layout plan transforms your play space into a colorful arrangement of learning games and motor skills activities. Qualifies for the new Head Start Body Start School Grant