Dows Lane Elementary School and Main Street School students joined more than 388,000 students from schools across the world by participating in Global School Play Day on Feb. 8. They had the opportunity to engage in a day of unobstructed playtime and freedom to play with other children.
Dows Lane Principal Deb Mariniello and MSS Principal Joyce Chapnick said the students could bring in anything they wished to play with as long as it didn’t require electricity or batteries.
Throughout the day, the students participated in self-directed play activities with their peers, including board games, playing cards, puzzles, dolls, puppets, blocks, paper airplanes, origami, pick-up-sticks, Legos and social games, such as Monopoly, Apples to Apples, Battleship and Twister, among others. In addition, 168 students participated in Main Street School’s first schoolwide hide-and-seek game.
“Not only was this an opportunity for students to play, it was a chance for all of us to see how they interact during an unstructured experience,” Chapnick said. “One of the reasons we had open spaces is so children can play with students who are not in their classes.”
For more information about Global School Play Day, visit www.globalschoolplayday.com.