Activity Program // Play On!

Evidence-Based Playground Activities Promoting Physical Activity & Fitness Through Active Play


Evidence-Based Playground Activities Promoting Physical Activity & Fitness Through Active Play

The purpose of Play On! is to promote physical fitness and fun through the use of well-designed outdoor play environments and creative playground learning activities.

The 125 standards-based playground activities, combined with playgrounds aligned to six key elements of play, promote overall fitness and are highly effective tools for maximizing one of your community’s greatest assets - playgrounds! PlayCore is proud to partner with physical activity experts SHAPE America to provide a valid solution to creating healthy bodies through active play.

Through a research grant contributed by SHAPE America, Dr. Yuanglong Liu and Dr. Suzan F. Ayers of the Department of Health, Physical Education, and Recreation, Western Michigan University, developed and implemented an objective analysis of the Play On! Program. Research results were overwhelmingly positive and indicated that Play On! was effective in promoting physical activity for children.

  • 91% of teachers reported that playground use increased
  • 90% of teachers plan to use the program in the future
  • 100% rated the program 4-5 on a 5 point scale
  • 25% of parents participated in more family activity after the Play On! program was initiated
  • 100% of students reported having fun engaging in the activities
  • 90-100% of teachers reported that PlayOn! motivated students to participate in regular, enjoyable, physical activity in a safe and supervised environment

For more information on bringing the Play On! program to your facility, designing your playground to promote physical activity or becoming a national demonstration site,  please contact us.

Download a copy of the Play On! executive summary now.

Theresa Boehm Miller Curriculum Development Chair, Springfield Public Schools, Springfield, MO The Play On! Program is an exciting opportunity to extend our physical education classroom to the outdoors. Through creative learning, the Play On! curriculum arouses the student’s sense of curiosity, imagination and adventure to achieve a healthy, active lifestyle.

Play On! program includes:

Play On! curriculum guidebook:

  • 125 standards-based playground activities for grades PreK-5
  • Assessment worksheets and equipment lists
  • National Standards of Physical Activity alignment matrix
  • Safety, implementation, inclusion, and teaching strategies
  • Design strategies
  • Funding resources
  • Playground environments aligned with Play On! activities and design strategies to promote higher levels of physical activity
  • Professional development training module
  • The Play On! National Demonstration Site program, national recognition and press exposure for sites that implement use of the program through the use of six elements of play to promote youth fitness

Become a National Demonstration Site!

Armed with the information in Play On!, your community can create a playground that implements research-based best practices for promoting physical activity through active play. Your community will be awarded an esteemed National Demonstration Site designation to promote your leadership and gain national awareness. Learn more about becoming a National Demonstation Site.