As a classroom teacher, you have a lot of things to organize and store in your classroom. It’s hard to find storage solutions for your teaching essentials, never mind wondering “how to store recess equipment”. Because you are a teacher you know the importance of recess. However, most teachers report that there is not enough unstructured playtime for students.
This post will help you:
- keep your classroom more organized
- give your students longer recess breaks
- provide students with fun opportunities to be physically active and practice important social skills outdoors
The secret to all of the above is making sure your students have quick and easy access to appropriate outdoor equipment and that there is a safe and practical way to store things like jump ropes, sidewalk chalk, balls, hula hoops and more.
The outdoor recess equipment you have will vary depending on your school rules and how much outdoor space your school has available.
- Find a way to get the recess equipment stored somewhere other than your classroom. Many schools now use community equipment. You could write a DonorsChoose request or ask your PTA to fund something like this:
If communal equipment is not an option and you need to store it in your classroom, these tips will help…
- Plastic laundry baskets are a great option for holding larger items like balls. I like them because you can easily stack multiple baskets into each other when not in use. Also, because recess items have a tendency to get dirty it is nice to have a container that can be hosed down or wiped easily.
- Smaller baskets with handles work well for jump ropes. The handle makes it easier for students to carry it to and from the playground.
- If your students use sidewalk chalk you’ll want to store that in a container that has a lid. This will keep moisture out which will preserve the chalk. It will also prevent chalk dust from taking over your classroom.
- If students bring balls from home I have them keep them with their coats and other personal belongings.
- Establish procedures and routines for getting the equipment to and from the playground. Consider making this one of your classroom jobs. Having consistent expectations will result in quick classroom transitions which are essential for maximizing their recess time as well as learning time in the classroom.
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