Play On!

Playground Activities that Promote Youth Fitness

Physical activity is essential for healthy development of the mind, body and spirit.  One and three children considered obese or overweight, and the nation is seeking ways to provide a variety of age-appropriate, enjoyable and diverse activities to engage children and adolescents in 60 minutes or more of moderate to vigorous levels of physical activity daily.  School and park playgrounds play a critical role and provide opportunities for children to naturally enjoy physical activity at school and in their neighborhoods.  Programs such as Play On!: Playground Activities to Promote Youth Fitness developed in partnership by American Association for Physical Activity and Recreation (AAPAR) and PlayCore, provides standards-based activities for physical educators and programmers to bring learning outdoors. 

GameTime is dedicated to providing useful tools that help playgrounds establish healthy behaviors that last a lifetime! Play On! is the only playground program in which all 100 Play On! activities have been directly aligned the National Standards for Physical Education outlined by the National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE).

Promoting Physical Activity Through Play

The Play On! program was carefully designed to contribute to the overall development and physical fitness of children in grades K-5 through six essential physical elements of play. These include:

  • Balancing
  • Brachiating (Overhead Climbing)
  • Climbing
  • Sliding
  • Spinning
  • Swinging

By addressing these six key play elements in your overall playground design, GameTime helps children reach higher levels of physical activity to combat childhood obesity, promote fitness, and provide healthy challenge and skill development along a developmentally appropriate continuum. Children can engage in fun and exciting play experiences outdoors during free play, physical education, after-school programs, camps, recess, cross-curricular mini classroom "energizers" and more!