Playground Safety: Lesson for Kids

Instructor: Jennifer Lowery

Jennifer has taught elementary levels K-3 and has master's degrees in elementary education and curriculum/instruction and educational leadership.

Going to the playground is one of the highlights of the school day! In this lesson, learn how to avoid injuries by playing safely and nicely with your friends.

Recess Time!

Is recess your favorite part of the school day? Recess is a fun time to take a break from all of the hard work of reading, writing, and solving math problems. Sadly, the playground is where many children get injured, or hurt. Following some easy safety tips can help you avoid injuries and enjoy your recess!

This playground can be a fun place if everyone plays safely.
playing at recess

Don't Be a Daredevil

It's important to get physical activity throughout the day; this means that you get your body up and moving. But sometimes it's tempting to be a daredevil on the playground. You may want to climb to the very top of the equipment, or show off to your friends by climbing a tall tree. Keep in mind that the higher you climb, the worse you could be injured if you fall. It's not worth a broken arm or leg to show off to your friends. Only go as high or play as hard as you are comfortable.

This may look like fun but it can be an easy way to get injured.
ropes recess

Avoid Being Rough

Groups of students who want to play organized sports, like football, baseball, or soccer, often gather at playgrounds and parks. These games are excellent for getting a lot of physical activity, and they can be a lot of fun!

Flag football and other organized sports can be fun ways to play on the playground.
recess team

Unfortunately, some kids take these games very seriously and become rough when they are playing. Keep in mind that these games are just for fun. If your team is losing, that doesn't mean it's time for you to start pushing and shoving people. If other kids on your team are playing too rough, it's quite alright for you to leave the game if you feel it's becoming unsafe. The best way to handle an unsafe situation is to tell an adult.

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