IRVINGTON, N.Y. -- Dows Lane Elementary School and Main Street School students, along with 170,000 students from schools across the nation and the world, participated in Global School Play Day on Feb. 3.
Students had the opportunity to engage in a variety of self-directed play activities, including board games, dolls, blocks, LEGOs, Play-Doh and more. The only requirement to play was that toys not have batteries or screens.
“Our students were able to engage in self-directed play with peers from all classes and both grades,” Main Street School Principal Joyce Chapnick said. “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. One of the reasons we had open spaces is so children can play with students who are not in their classes.”
Some of the games the students played included Twister, Backgammon, cards, Monopoly, Life, Battleship, Apples to Apples, pickup sticks, coloring, Spirograph, origami, Legos, blocks, paper airplanes and more.
“One group of students created an entire skit of a wedding for their stuffed animals,” Chapnick said.
Other games and toys the children were allowed to bring to school and play with included dolls, trucks, cars, racetracks, empty cardboard boxes, markers, jigsaw puzzles, blankets (for building forts) and other social games.
For more information about the day and to see a map of participants worldwide, visit the official website.
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