Let your creative ideas flow with a Recess Revolution Junkyard Playground event!
Recess Revolution hosts Junkyard Playgrounds at...
On-Campus Field Trips
Homeschool Park Groups
We bring a trailer full of large cardboard boxes, tires, tarps, tubes, clips, ropes, barrels, buckets, bins, balls, fabric, cones, foam and much more! What you do with it is up to you!
If you are interested in hosting an event or joining one of our homeschool groups click here...
Recess Revolution hosts seminars for adults aspiring to provide enriched play environments for the children they care for.
We have spoken at conferences and trainings for educators (public, private and preschool), homeschoolers, camp staff and after school care providers.
Seminars can be lecture style (Powerpoint, videos and answering questions) or a hands-on experience.
Topics covered include:
Theory of Loose Parts
21st Century Skills
If you are interested in hosting a seminar, click here...
Recess Revolution does NOT not provide services at birthday parties. However, we do encourage you to create your own unstructured free play environment. Basically, it works like this...
Step 1. Call up your local big box store (ex. Target, Walmart, Costco) ask them when they restock their shelves. (It is probably around midnight) Ask if you can stop by and pick up some large cardboard boxes before they get recycled. They usually say, "Of course". Go fill up the minivan or SUV with as much cardboard as it can hold. Find a place to store it so it will not get wet. A covered porch works great. Even a pile with a tarp over it works pretty well. Avoid leaving it on grass overnight.
Step 2. Stop by your local tire store. Ask if they have some used tires that are still in good condition. They usually do and will give them to you for free. Make sure the tires do not have exposed steel cording. It can fray and get sharp. Scrub the tires with a degreasing soap like Dawn or Joy and spray them down.
Step 3. Look around your house for old sheets, kitchen tools, buckets, crates, old furniture and other stuff that can be used in a variety of ways for play.
Step 4. Take your kids to your local hardware store and look for stuff that looks fun. Tarps, clips, goggles, head phones, traffic cones, trash grabbers, ropes, wood, etc. Look for storage systems that can also double as play items like water barrels or large bins.
Step 5. Keep an eye out for cool stuff at local yard sales or thrift stores. The acquisition can be part of the play.
Step 6. Allow time and space for unstructured play. Have kids over. Watch them entertain themselves. Invite them over regularly.
But WHY??????? Recess Revolution's mission is to encourage more unstructured free play. If we bring stuff for an hour and then take it away, we are not helping to create sustainable change in the play environments for children. If we can help parents to create their own Junkyard Playgrounds one household at a time, neighborhoods all over our community will be engaging in unstructured free play every day!