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Play tips for schools

Play tips for schools

Tamariki/children at play in the playground

To promote play in your school, ask tamariki how they would like to play and consider some of these ideas:

Getting to and from school

  • Encourage tamariki to get to and from school on scooters or bikes or by walking, so they can play on the way
  • Create play trails along fences and pathways leading to school

Provide additional opportunities for play within the school day

  • Extend break times or use class time to play
  • Bring games into your school like giant Jenga or loose parts play, or get creative with chalk
  • Let the tamariki have a say in playground rules
  • Have a themed day, like a water day or wheels day

Create opportunities for tamariki, Kaiako and whānau to play and connect

  • Encourage on-duty Kaiako to play with students at breaktimes
  • Invite whānau to a play afternoon and BBQ at school
  • Support play at home by giving tamariki take-home play items, such as chalk
  • Encourage Tamariki to bring some play equipment to school

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