Transforming Education
through Playgrounds

Transforming education
one playground at a time

At play360, we work together with community leaders to build low cost, educational playgrounds. Together we can  inspire innovative ways of teaching and learning that lead to happy kids and  better childhood outcomes








Children Impacted

Play360 works directly with people and groups around the globe. We
support empowered stakeholders to 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,
providing opportunity to participate in making a real difference to the lives
of children and their communities.

Local community members lead every project

Learning while playing is the best education

Local materials build better playgrounds

Every playmaker has a mentor every step of the way

Our Story

Jon Racek, the founder of Play360 started his journey as a playmaker while traveling in Asia with his family.  ” I started Play360 to help empower people to make their communities more kid friendly.  I want people to see creative thinking paired with community action as a powerful tool that can make safe, educational play spaces for kids.” 

Meet our playmakers

Cracy Than


Cracy Than is the founder and executive director of Noor Education and Community Center, She had participated in the DeBoer fellowship 2019, Parami Leadership Program 2017 by Parami Institute of Liberal Arts, and Burma Youth Leadership Program 2014 by U.S. Department of State.

Megor Ikuenobe


Megor Ikuenobe is a medical doctor committed to early childhood education. She serves as Executive Director of Lead Oak Woman and Children Foundation and a partner with Play360 in the development of educational resources for educators and playground makers.  



Walter is an enthusiastic playmaker committed to helping children have better lives. He was instrumental in the creation of two playgrounds, one in at the Zanzibar Madrassa Resource Center and one playground at the Friends of Children with Cancer-Tanzania.  

Sponsor a Playmaker

When you donate $500, you match the
same amount that has been raised by
the playmaker in support of their
community. Your donation validates
their hard work and provides them with
the funds needed to build a simple, fun
and educational playground.

notes from the field


Tanzania Rights of Passage

Contributed by: Jon Racek On a playground building trip to Arusha Tanzania, we partnered with the Michigan State University Tanzania Partnership Program where we worked

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Play Matters Research

Learning Through Play; increasing impact, reducing inequality. Drawing evidence from early childhood learning programmes across 18 countries, as well as from interviews with the authors

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