The Global School Day of Play Is Almost Here

Wednesday, Feb. 7, marks the Global School Day of Play, an annual celebration born of the idea that play is more than recreation. It is a vital part of a child’s development.

More than 1.5 million students from 75 nations have participated in the movement since its inception. The Global School Day of Play encourages school leaders to allow students ample time for free play without the use of screens, structured games, or adult direction. This allows children to explore their creativity, problem-solving skills, and social interactions in an unstructured and spontaneous environment.

By stepping outside the classroom and embracing the playground, children gain invaluable skills. This hands-on experience fosters creativity, enhances physical fitness, and improves social interactions. It’s a holistic approach to education that benefits both the mind and body. As we celebrate the Global School Day of Play, let’s remember that play during the school day is not just a luxury, but a necessity.

Outdoor play during the school day has been linked to better concentration, improved mental health, and a more engaged learning experience. It’s a natural way for children to explore, imagine, and connect with their environment. In a world increasingly dominated by screen time and indoor activities, the Global School Day of Play serves as a much-needed reminder of the joys and benefits of outdoor play.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), recess increases levels of physical activity; improves memory, attention, and concentration; helps students to stay on-task in the classroom; reduces disruptive behavior; and supports kids’ social and emotional development (e.g., learning how to share and negotiate).

CDC research also shows that active students are better learners and that recess increases their physical activity, improving both academic and social outcomes.

As district leaders consider how to use Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) funding, we’re proud to remind our customers that school playground improvements absolutely qualify for those funds. ESSER III funds must be committed by Sept. 30, 2024, and using them for school playground enhancements benefits every single child, ensuring they are not only fun but also safe and inclusive.

At Playworld, our playground equipment includes all the pieces you need for recess. We craft electronic play equipment, equipment for young children, equipment for school-aged children, and even fitness equipment for children, as well as site amenities such benches for when kids need a break from playing or for adults to sit while supervising.

Playworld equipment is designed to encourage childhood development, including physical, cognitive, emotional and social skills. You can choose from stand-alone equipment, play components and full playgrounds, so you can create the recess space that fits your needs. You can even build in phases, slowly adding to your play space and paying gradually while staying within your budget.

Find your Playworld representative so we can explore the possibilities for your school.

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