This video may make you want to do something strange: Beg your school for no rules at recess, let the chips (and kids) fall where they may.
A New Zealand school made headlines a few years back when it did away with all the don’ts at recess (except for the basic human don’t: don’t deliberately hurt anyone) and let kids climb trees, build things, fall down and get up again. Almost as if that were normal. Which we often forget: It is.
As this National Post story put it:
When one New Zealand school tossed its playground rules and let students risk injury, the results were surprising
The students weren’t hurting themselves — in fact, they were so active at recess that they returned to class vibrant and motivated, ready to learn
This 12-minute piece may inspire you so much, you’ll want your own school to try it — or something similar. If so, consider adding the Let Grow Free Play Club: After school, mixed-age, free play for all, on the playground or in the gym. Your kids can get this kind of Vitamin R, too.
The R is for recreation, of course.