Recess Architects

Playocracy is Breaking the Rules Around Recess!

Providing schools with the Tools and Strategies to build a quality recess experience.


L.E.A.D. Recess is part of Recess Architects

It is grossly unfair of adults to expect children to play during a 15-minute recess in a manner believed to be fun and noncontroversial when they have not been given any previous opportunity to practice authentic, unstructured play.  

Research indicates that over the last 30-40 years children have become play deprived. The mounting evidence is indicative as we see more children who lack creativity and problem-solving skills; who demonstrate poor age-appropriate fine and gross motor skill development; who exhibit increases in mental health issues like depression and anxiety; and who display little or no self-regulation and resiliency when found in a stressful situation.

Organic play has been replaced with technological devices of all shapes and sizes; an overabundance of scheduled activities that are adult-led and leave very little room for creativity and spontaneity, and a social media watchdog making sure that all ‘perfect’ parents hover over their children and ensure they are kept out of harms way from every little scrape and bump. This is not a judgement of parents today as this is a global cultural shift.

Playocracy has gathered a decade worth of evidence-based information and research to help schools select the strategies and opportunities that are best for their school culture. These have been put in one easy-to-access spot called Recess Architects.


The Recess Architect has reframed recess into three easy-to-manage areas:


Tool Box #1  Designing the Blue Print

We lay the foundation to prepare school recess teams to ensure they are building a sustainable and successful recess environment for the whole school. Recess cannot be looked upon as a 15-minute time period spent between two bells.  Recess encapsulates the time before and after those bell times.  Creating and planning strategies that reflect children and youth today establishes that when the second recess bell rings, students get back into class ready to learn. Click here for more details! 

Download a FREE Recess Team Guide

Tool Box #2  Building the Infrastructure

This is where we build the recess infrastructure by training staff and students to create a quality recess experience that brings their whole school community together.  Will it be easy?  No!  Will it be seamless? No!  Will it have an end goal that is worth it? YES!

Taking Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs into consideration and utilizing the Self-Determination Theory* we have developed the L.E.A.D. Recess Program.  This program focuses on developing strong social/emotional skills through play.  Student leaders have trained to role model positive skills and share new game ideas through play with younger students 1-2 recesses a week. 
More info here!


Tool Box #3  Tools of the Trade

Playocracy has created some very unique tools that support children’s creativity and imagination.  When these tools are employed appropriately, we practice executive functioning skills, communication and endless social/emotional skills. Check it out!

Introducing our latest concept; Playground Game Maker Stencil Kits! Invite a specific class, team or whole school to create playground markings that reflect and represent their school fabric. Grade 8 classes can even leave a legacy game for the next generations to play. 


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Recess is a learning opportunity beyond the classroom walls!


Contact Us!

Playocracy, Inc. 

Tel: (905) 741 3378

#3-1418 Osprey    
Ancaster, Ontario   L9G 4V5