Run and laugh straight into the new school year with this creative recess game you and your friends can enjoy. Going back to school doesn’t mean putting an end to summer fun. You can get creative in the playground during recess with a slew of games that will get you running, playing, thinking and laughing well into the school year. Forget hopscotch and jump rope. Gather your friends and teach them new tricks that will make the start of the school year more amusing than ever.
Rainbow Tag Put a colorful spin on traditional tag with this easy-to-learn playground game that has kids calling out colors like crazy! The game works best with large groups of six or more. Whether you love red, purple, orange or green, everyone will find a way to call out their favorite colors in this soon-to-be playground favorite.
Object: To run from one side of the playground to the other without being tagged.
- Split up and stand on opposite sides of the playground—within hearing distance of one another, but with enough room to run.
- One or several players can start out as “It” and select a color. Any players wearing that color must cross the playing field while the other players in the center attempt to tag them.
- Anyone who is tagged becomes part of the center. Every time a new player joins the center, the group decides on a new color and calls it out.
- The group in the center can decide to shout “rainbow,” which means that all colors are included and all untagged players must run toward the opposite side.
- The game continues until all players have been tagged. The last player left is the winner.
How can we help children develop the skills they need to bounce back from life’s obstacles? Let the children play!
Play is an important building block for resiliency. It helps our children to:
- Build a sense of early autonomy.
- Develop a sense of control in their world.
- Stimulate cognitive, emotional and social development.
- Build social connectedness.
- Think creatively.
- Solve problems.
- Persist through trial and error.
- Develop an authentic sense of self.
- Play encourages children to immerse themselves in a task.
- Build healthy imaginations.
- Develop flexible thinking.
- Vigorous play helps diffuse excess energy, emotions and stimulate “feel good” chemicals in the body.
- Games help build emotional competence like learning to lose, to wait your turn, to concentrate and to finish things off.