Transforming Education

Through Playgrounds

Our Mission:

Play 360 believes that all children deserve a stimulating education. We strengthen childhood education in low-resource communities through empowering them to build low-cost playgrounds as an extension on the classroom. This fosters collaboration, cooperation, creativity, and innovation among children.

Play Matters Because:

Play teaches 21st century skills: collaboration, innovation, social skills. Playgrounds get kids excited about going to school and staying in school. And the process of building a playground can be a catalyst for real community change.


Cognitive Benefits - children learn to think, read, reason, and pay attention through play. By allowing imaginations to run wild during play, kids form unique ideas and solutions to challenges


Social Benefits - Play lets kids exchange thoughts, information, or messages through signals and actions. Playing with others helps kids negotiate group dynamics, collaborate, and compromise


Emotional Benefits - during play, kids learn to cope with emotions like fear, frustration, anger, and aggression in a situation they can control. They also practice empathy and understanding


Physical Benefits - active play helps kids with coordination, balance, motor skills, and spending their natural energy - which promotes better eating, sleeping, and concentration habits

Taken from “The Genius of Play: 6 Benefits of Play”, 2019

Our Approach

Play360 is an on-the-ground organization that works directly with people and groups around the globe. We customize each experience and build community-supported projects that fit the local resources and needs identified together. Our approach puts the playground in the hands of the teachers, families, and neighbors, allowing them to participate in making a real difference to the lives of children and their communities.


Spotlight on Recent Play360 Projects

Click below to get a taste of our recent activity.

May 05 Spotlight

Spotlight on Second-Generation projects in Myanmar

Five years after their first Play360 training in 2014, Noor Education Center continues to bring together multiple cohorts of young leaders to collaborate on at

Mar 03 Spotlight

Universal Design in Ethiopia

This year we completed our first playground specifically focused on ensuring inclusive design to create fun and exercise for children of all abilities. This project,

Jan 01 Spotlight

Long-Term Partnership in Guatemala

Since 2014, Play360 Founder Jon Racek has been taking students to Guatemala for Alternate Spring Break experiences where they focus on themes of leadership development,