So many children struggle during recess. Some cannot figure out how to spend the time and others may identify activities, but lack skills to engage in those activities. One way to support these learners is to explicitly teach playground games to all students in the school. This way all students will have a shared set of rules and disagreements can be minimized. In addition, teaching rules for a wide rage of games (e.g, four square, red rover, freeze tag) may also give all kids opportunities to learn new skills and play with a wider range of peers.
There are several ways to teach these rules. The easiest way would be to teach a new game per week before or during recess. Or you could have your physical education teacher review rules of certain games during classes. You can also use videos as a teaching tool. These videos can be share with families via YouTube and shown in class as well. See this video of “What’s the Time, Mr. Wolf?” as an example.
You can also use books as a teaching and learning tool. A guide like “Hopscotch, Hangman, Hot Potato, & Ha Ha Ha” (Jack Maguire) provides tons of game ideas for the playground and the classroom.
Finally, do an Internet search for websites with lists of games, like playgroundfun.org.uk . You could have older students do some of the searching for you or you can do the exploring on your own.