Playground Games

Painting games

Introduction to Playground Games

It may look like leisure time, but when children are playing  ‘house’, fighting imaginary dragons or organizing a game of hopscotch, they’re actually developing crucial life skills and preparing their brains for the challenges of adulthood.
Outdoor play strengthens a child’s social skills and helps build confidence, according to Dr. Anna Britt of the Los Angeles Children’s Hospital. Children gain confidence as they master the physical skills associated with outdoor play and also must learn to work together in some situations. Students become more fit and healthy as they spend more time active in the outdoors and start choosing healthy foods over junk food. Students also learn focus and patience, co-operation, teamwork and social skills.
Research has also shown that exercise improves children’s mental alertness and academic performance. Educational psychologists claim that games can also improve social skills, boost confidence and self-esteem and prevent bullying.  Many of today’s school children are missing out on the chance to enjoy such fun games – and all the health benefits they bring with them. We feel it is important to teach youngsters how to play these games including Hopscotch and Square Ball in an attempt to get them more active in the school break.
For our playground games, H.S.E. stencils were used for the ‘Snail’ target board, the infants’ Activity Path and the Maze.  All other games were measured, marked, masked and painted individually by parents- each angle, circle and line. No fun! These include: the Square Ball games, Hopscotch, Compass, Darts, Chess/Draughts, Snakes & Ladders, Noughts & Crosses, Target circles, Basketball court, Sunflower and Number Ladder.
Each game was chosen with care for its purpose and ultimate benefits. For instance, whilst playing and having fun, Hopscotch helps with children’s balance, co-ordination and dexterity as well as educationally with their numbers. Chess and Draughts are great for strategy & logical thinking skills as well developing decision-making skills, which they can transfer to real life.

We are thrilled to be able to offer the boys attending our school the opportunity to partake in playground games thanks to the hard work of these parents who spent many full days outlining & painting the games, power hosing where needed, and sponsoring equipment and paint:
Aileen & Jerry Daly (Chairperson of the Parent’s Association Committee), Eileen Higgins (Treasurer), Eithne Murphy (Secretary), Mary Kate Barry, Mary & Timmie Brosnan & T.J. Brosnan (past pupil), Teresa Brosnan, Bernie & Eamon Browne, Mag & Paudie Dineen & Eric Dineen (past pupil),  Christine Fitzgerald, Carmel Fleming, Lilly Moynihan, Frankie Mueller, Carol & Dónal O’Driscoll, Rickie O’Keeffe, Catherine Hourigan, Brenda Roche and Bernie Walsh.
Increasing pressure on children’s time, safety concerns and the advent of computer and video games are all contributing to the downturn in interest in these pastimes and an increase in childhood obesity. To ensure your child can fully participate in our playground games, please explain the rules of each game to your child (or research the Internet).Thanks to the relentless work of these parents and Múinteoir Christine, the schoolyard is diversified and beautified, the children are now playing a variety of games at break and we have a fabulous new facility which the children can enjoy for many years to come.

Painting Playground games

Dónal and T.J.’s skills of measuring and drawing accurately were used to the ultimate for the Darts game, the Compass, Snakes & Ladders, Noughts and Crosses and Chess game.

Dónal O’Driscoll provided the boys with 2 large dice, cut from timber and painted, to play the Snakes and Ladders game.
Rickie O’Keeffe, who is providing  the Xs and Os for the Noughts and Crosses game. 

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