What We Do?
Monkey Sports brings out the best in kids, through play.
Playtime is a child's time. Schools can and should create play environments that help children to be their best. A thoughtful approach to recess improves children’s physical health and social and emotional learning.
Monkey Sports help schools make the most of playtime through on-site staffing, consultative support, professional development, free resources, and more.
We also support youth programs and other organizations that wish to improve playtime.
Helping school Re-think playtime
Monkey Sportshelps schools figure out what works well on their playgrounds.
Here are a few of the focus areas Monkey Sports help schools address:
We all have times when it feels good to “sit this one out”. But some children sit on the sidelines all the time. They don’t know how to play or aren’t even invited to join. Playtime should be a time when everyone feels welcomed.
Adults can set the tone by inviting children to play, reminding them of the rules using different learning styles, and modeling inclusion. Introducing fun variations on traditional playground games like Crossover Dodgeball, where the goal is to get everyone to the other side and no one is “out”. It is another way to make playtime inclusive for everyone.
When every child feels he or she can join, more children stay physically active during free time—without even thinking about it.
During Playtime, every child has a choice on how to play. They feel included. They also feel empowered to play on their own or to start activities with other children. Elder children can make a big difference here.
The natural leaders on the playground are children, not adults. Children want to be acknowledged for their leadership abilities, and they want to grow. A little encouragement is all a child needs to lead games, pass out equipment, and set a positive, playful tone.
Many schools let the children play by themselves during the games period. Some do not have a playtime period. If the nurse’s and principal’s offices are filled to capacity after lunch each day, it is time to rethink.
Instead of letting children play by themselves, we help schools find ways to keep them playing.
Children can learn to use rock, paper, scissors to solve problems quickly along with play. They can give high fives and say “good job, nice try” . Playtime is a perfect opportunity to develop school-wide norms for conflict resolution.
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