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Table 1 “Observation of Playground Play” (OPP) tool for use in coding children’s behavior

From: Observations of playground play during elementary school recess

Playing on equipment (frequency count)
 Jungle gym Boys Girls
 Swings Boys Girls
 Rock climbing Boys Girls
 Other Boys Girls
Organized sports and activities (frequency count)
 Basketball Boys Girls
 Football Boys Girls
 Kickball Boys Girls
 Soccer Boys Girls
 Dance Boys Girls
 Other Boys Girls
Active and chase games (frequency count)
 Tag/chasing Boys Girls
 Racing Boys Girls
 Running Boys Girls
 Other Boys Girls
Traditional playground games (frequency count)
 Four square Boys Girls
 Hula-hoops Boys Girls
 Jump rope Boys Girls
 Tetherball Boys Girls
 Hopscotch Boys Girls
 Unfixed equipment Boys Girls
 Other Boys Girls
Nature (frequency count)
 Imaginative play Boys Girls
 Digging Boys Girls
 Climbing hills Boys Girls
 Playing with bugs Boys Girls
 Other Boys Girls
Rough and tumble play (frequency count)
 Wrestle Boys Girls
 Play fight Boys Girls
 Fence climbing Boys Girls
 Other Boys Girls
Anti-social behavior (frequency count)
 Fighting Boys Girls
 Pushing/shoving/hitting Boys Girls
 Timeout/wall Boys Girls
 Yelling Boys Girls
 Other Boys Girls
Non-engagement in active play (frequency count)
 Standing around Boys Girls
 Talking with friends Boys Girls
 Electronics Boys Girls
 Sit-down game Boys Girls
 Other Boys Girls