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Positive Play 2nd Edition
A MANUAL CONTAINING GOOD PRACTICE GUIDELINES AND 230 ACTIVITIES ON CARDS FOR BREAK-TIMES, LUNCH-TIMES, BEFORE AND AFTER SCHOOL

by Val Sabin 2007

THIS MANUAL OF ACTIVITIES IS NOW BEING USED FOR GAMES PLAYING IN AFTER-SCHOOL CLUBS AND COVERS THE WHOLE PRIMARY SCHOOL AGE RANGE.

Children running in the playground

This positive play manual for playground supervisors includes 230 outdoor and indoor games and strategies for dealing with the main issues occurring at break-times. Children can spend over 20% of their school day out of lessons and in the school grounds and this manual helps schools develop very positive playing environments by utilising grounds in the most creative, positive and cost effective ways. Some creative thinking, good organisation and the redistribution of equipment can quickly transform the attitudes and activities in a playground without spending a lot of money.

Positive Play - providing positive playground experiencesPositive playgrounds can provide:-

  • a bright, safe and stimulating environment
  • positive playing areas that help improve the health of children and encourage cognitive development
  • help develop skills of social interaction at all levels
  • help reduce the incidence of bullying and provide a safe "quiet" area

The introduction shows how to analyse the schools’ present facilities and environment and how to develop them. Zoning the playground is explored along with detailed guidance on type, use and organisation of small equipment and the provision of a playground games box. There are 230 outdoor and indoor games which are presented in a form which can be easily converted into cards for the game box.

Children waiting to throw a basketball into the hoop

The outdoor games section has several sub-divisions:-

  • Problem solving and creative games and activities
  • Games and activities using small equipment
  • Games and activities using no small equipment
  • Challenges
  • Chasing games
  • Quiet games
  • Structured mini-games
  • parachute games


Group of children in playground

The games have been designed to suit a wide range of abilities and ages across the Primary School.

There are suggestions for over 50 indoor games activities for the dreaded wet lunch-hours! A complete "lunch-time Supervisors Guide" is included and there are a large number of ideas for playground markings and games. The manual comes complete with a DVD illustrating how two different schools have implemented Positive Play in their playgrounds. It also highlights the 'buddies' system and how you can incorporate it into your school playground.

Training courses for lunch-time supervisors are available from Positive Play Licensed Trainers. Phone (01604) 580974 for details.

 

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