ABC and 123: A Learning Collaborative: Hit the Playground (with a fantastic playground pack giveaway)

Friday, August 26, 2011

Hit the Playground (with a fantastic playground pack giveaway)

This giveaway is now closed.  Congratulations to the winner of the playground prize pacakge, comment #32 (chosen by 

Blogger blessedintexas said...

What was your favorite playground game? Four Square - although I can't exactly remember the rules now.
What do your children most enjoy doing on the playground? climbing!
How is the playground at your school? my son says it's boring.

If I were to ask my soon to be second grader what he is most looking forward to this year, he would most certainly answer, "Recess!" Your children too? There is no question that the playground is an important place and there is lots of learning going on while the kids are outside.

When I was in elementary school some of my favorite recess games were: What Time Is It, Mr. Fox, Red Rover, Red Light/Green Light, and anything that involved a jump rope.

Skipping Rope: Here is a great list of traditional jump roping rhymes and tricks to learn.

Peaceful Playgrounds lists 5 key components for a safe and happy school playground.

The Bulldog Readers' Blog reminded me of some of my favorite playground songs.

School Outfitters Blog lists their ideas for the Top 15 Playground Games.

This fall Sprite is offering parents and teachers the chance to win a $25,000 grant to refresh your local school's outdoor active space!

They are investing $2 million to construct, refurbish and creatively refresh more than 150 neighborhood parks, athletic fields, school playgrounds and basketball courts. Ultimately, their goal is to give young people a chance to be physically active, inspire their imagination and create clean, safe and creative places to play for years to come.

To submit your school, head to the My Coke Rewards for Schools Program and enter the point codes found on all Sprite and Sprite Zero products.


Sprite is offering one reader of ABC & 123 a playground prize pack valued at $100!

Sprite Spark Parks Pen
Sprite Spark Parks Backpack
Sprite Coupon
Medibuddy First Aid Kit
Hand Sanitizer Wipes
Green Jumprope
Sizzlin' Cool Sling Racket or Baseball Glove set
Crayola 3-D Chalk Set
Everything Kids Travel Activity Book
Tootle Turtle Bubble Set
$25Amex gift card

To be entered to win, please leave a comment below.
What was your favorite playground game?  
What do your children most enjoy doing on the playground? 
How is the playground at your school?

One winner will be chosen at random from all the comments after the close of this giveaway - Saturday, August 27 at 10 PM EST.

Disclosure: The prize was provided by Sprite, but Sprite is not a sponsor, administrator, or involved in any other way with this giveaway. All opinions expressed in the post are my own and not those of Sprite or The Coca-Cola Company. Entrants must be 18 or older and located in the US or Canada only.


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  2. My favorite game may have been jump rope!

    My daughter LOVES the swings best!

    The playground is okay at our school.
    derekannette at gmail dot com

  3. My favorite playground game was hopscotch!

    My daughter loves the sliding board best.

    The playground at my daughter's school is very colorful, clean, and offers many activities for various age groups.


  4. What was your favorite playground game? Dodge ball :)

    What do your children most enjoy doing on the playground? Swings and Slides

    How is the playground at your school?
    The kids seem to enjoy it!

    Thanks, Keri

  5. My kiddos love swinging at the park. The elementary school in our neighborhood has a really nice playground. When I was little we had a teacher that would push the merry go round so fast that the kids would be flying off the sides. I don't think they can do that anymore.

  6. i used to love playing chinese jumprope

    my kids like the swings and playing four squares

    our playground has a play structure but i know my kids would love more slides!

  7. What was your favorite playground game? I loved playing Colored Eggs
    What do your children most enjoy doing on the playground? My sons love the slides
    How is the playground at your school?
    Our school has one great one, and then an old wooden one. But the kids still like it.

  8. I loved playing tag - especially being "it"!

    My kids love the slides the most, especially since we have swings at home, but no slide.

    Our school playground just burned down!!! I'm so sad that my daughter probably won't have a playground for her first year of school!

  9. I loved to play kickball.

    My little girl loves to swing and always wants to go higher!

    I love our school's playground. It is much more 'kid' friendly with the mat-grounds than the playground I remember growing up on.

  10. Favorite playground game: jump rope

    My little girl loves swinging the most.

    Our playground is fun. We like to swing and play in the sand.

  11. I don't really have a favorite playground game, but I've always loved swinging on the swings (still do). My kids love the jungle gym equipment and slides. Our school playgrounds are wonderful, especially because they have shade structures over the equipment. It gets very hot here in AZ!

  12. My favorite was dodge ball. My kids love playing on playgrond equipment. My kids are homeschooled so our playground is our swingset and playhouse.
    jandrmom2009 at gmail dot com

  13. My favorite game was 4-square. My children most enjoy exploring around the hills on the playground. Our school's playground in currently in the works, but we are blessed to have a city playground right next door that we can use and a HUGE grassy area.

  14. Mine was a made up game involving colors a tree & I don't remember much else--I was 7:).

    Jensteed.08 at

  15. I loved playing freeze tag.

    One loved the swings and the other just loves to climb anything and everything.

    The elementary school my one son goes to has a fairly nice playground. I like that they have a smaller area for the younger ones!

  16. What was your favorite playground game? --swings!
    What do your children most enjoy doing on the playground? --rock wall climbing, going UP the slides, etc.

    How is the playground at your school?
    It is pretty good I think!

    Thanks for a chance to win!
    zucchinisummer at gmail dot com

  17. I loved playing Kickball!

    thedealscoop @ yahoo . com

  18. My favorite is 4 squares and at the moment my kids love the swings and monkey bars the most. Thanks

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  20. As a kid I used to love playing in the bushes and making "forts."

    Nowadays it seems my children enjoy tag or foursquare the most.

    The playground is not bad at our school... it just seems to my kids that there are too many rules limiting what they can do, so they prefer to stay off the playground. Maybe it's too crowded?

    Great idea for Sprite to encourage imagination outdoors.

  21. My favorite playground games were hopscotch and SPUD.

    Today my daughter enjoys playing tag and hopscotch.

    The playground at our school was just redone and it has lots of playground equipment plus room to run on the grass and paved areas too. I love that we can walk to it from our house, oh and that it was the one that I went to when I was little too!!

  22. What was your favorite playground game? The Jungle Gym... and Tire Swing
    What do your children most enjoy doing on the playground? The Slides
    How is the playground at your school?
    They seem ok, but could use an upgrade :-)

  23. Hi there!
    My favorite playground game was the jump rope one where we would chant, "Cinderella dressed in yella, went upstairs to kiss a fella, made a mistake and kissed a snake, how many doctors will it take? 1...2..."
    My children I teach love to use the pvc pipe drinking fountain to play in on hot days.
    I work at an inner city school in a tough area. We only have one playground piece of equipment--a big toy, but the kids love it. :)
    Thanks for the giveaway.

  24. Tether ball was my favorite game.
    My kids love just hanging out, running around the equipment, climbing, swinging, sliding. We homeschool, so our playground is the park after the other kids go back to school and it's wonderful!

  25. My favorite was tether ball!

    My daughters love the swings and slides!

    We are working on our playground (we homeschool)

    alklong at hotmail dot com

  26. I love the swings and merry go round as I was growing up. My daughter just loves to climb!

    My daughter's school got money this past year to upgrade their playground!

  27. My girls LOVE the swings and merry-go-round. Mine was probably the slide! The wind through my hair. :)

    We homeschool so our playground in the world. We do have a play house with slides and swings though. The girls call it their monkey shack and LOVE playing pretend in it.



  28. I loved playing jump rope and hand games (Miss Mary Mack, etc.)
    My kids love the slide.
    The playground at my children's school looks like fun.
    Thanks so much,

  29. When I was little we would play "supermodel." All of the girls would prance up and down the sidewalk with their best "model" walk while I would be the announcer and describe their outfits (and yes, we were only in the 2nd and 3rd grades!). : )

    My own children LOVE to swing on the playground!

    Our playground is fun with lots of slides and swings and things to climb on. Love it!

  30. I oved playing jacks and my son loves climbing on equipment.

  31. What was your favorite playground game? Four Square - although I can't exactly remember the rules now.
    What do your children most enjoy doing on the playground? climbing!
    How is the playground at your school? my son says it's boring.

  32. My favorite playground game was definitely a skipping rope game where we pretended we were in different grades of school...and in order to pass each grade had to jump the correct amount of jumps without tripping!!! Fun times. :)

  33. Our kids love playing "fireman" and running around the jungle gyms putting out fires! :)

  34. We homeschool, so the playground is down the street at the park, and it's pretty great!

    P.S. I left separate comments for each question - but noticed just now that people put them all together in one comment - so please just count mine all as one entry if that is how I was supposed to do it. :) Thanks!

  35. My favorite game was red-rover.

    My kids at school just love playing outside. I teach special needs k-2nd graders.

    Our school playground is small...a slide and a few climbing areas.

  36. My favourite game on the playground was double dutch!
    My kids love going down the slide at the playground!
    And my daughter's school has a dated playground that could really use some prucing up!
    nscrofan at rogers dot com

  37. My little one loves everything at the playground. She is finally starting to realize big slides aren't scary and really enjoying those!