The good news? Chicago recently announced a mandatory return of recess to all public schools.
The bad news? Not all these schools have playgrounds.
A front page story recently ran in The Chicago Tribune detailing the significant challenges that schools are facing when it comes to reintroducing recess to children. But luckily, solutions are at hand. Kids can play just about anywhere -- they don’t necessarily need a massive playground or wide open space.
Here are five creative, low-cost ways that schools can give kids the time guidance, and space they need to play:
Of course, we ultimately believe that every school should have a playground. KaBOOM! and Dr Pepper Snapple Group are awarding Let’s Play grants ranging from $750 to more than $20,000. For those who think that building a new playground might be too much work, take a lesson from our friends in Playful City USA community Shirley, Mass., who just built a new playground at Lura White Elementary School using a Let’s Play grant!
Does your child's school have recess? Does it have a playground? How does your child play at school?