Definition of playtime in English:



  • A period in the school day when children are allowed to go outside and play.

    ‘they chant their tables before playtime’
    • ‘Now that recess and playtime have been turned into yet another object lesson, the kids in this district lose yet another chance to just be kids.’
    • ‘The implication is that, in her experience, shorter playtimes and shorter lessons mean more attentive children and focused learning.’
    • ‘Kids always had school time, work time, playtime.’
    • ‘After the feeding would be playtime and then another nap.’
    • ‘Roughhousing between father and son conjures playtime stretching way back into childhood, but also psychological combat and one-upmanship.’
    • ‘Assemblies, playtimes, registration and lunchtimes, although not included as part of the teaching time each week, are often used by schools to enhance the curriculum.’
    • ‘Yes, it's another piece of colorful plastic in our family room (the excessive gift flow from family has not abated), but what is inside transforms our boys' playtime.’
    • ‘Central to the strategy is the understanding that kids and parents don't draw the same bright-line distinctions between playtime and education time that they once did.’
    • ‘Industrialization made toys increasingly affordable to all economic levels of society, and along with a proliferation of toys came an expanded notion of playtime as a time for recreation.’
    • ‘As I don't generally get home until 7 pm, this means that, by the time I finish dinner and help clean up the kitchen, Zack's usual evening playtime has been cut down considerably.’
    • ‘I've always struggled with balancing my need for following a schedule and my boys' needs for lengthy transitions and playtime.’
    • ‘With both a Playstation 2 and a Gamecube in the house, TV games are as much a part of his everyday playtime as his toy trains, cars, and books.’
    • ‘I love playtime and I love circle time and I love snack time.’
    • ‘The school is twinned with a school in Saint Omer and a visit is made each year by year seven, who spend a day having lessons and playtimes alongside the French pupils.’
    • ‘After playtime, if we went into the classroom rubbing our head or elbows, as we often did, the teacher would ask, ‘what is wrong with you boy?’’
    • ‘Think of the kids' playtime as your recreation.’
    • ‘Pupils at a Darwen primary school told Ofsted inspectors there was only one thing that their school could do better - have longer playtimes.’
    • ‘From 1981 to 1997, playtime decreased about 25 percent, while childhood obesity and attention deficit diagnosis has climbed.’
    • ‘These levels of language development are best incorporated through the contexts of book reading, playtime, and mealtimes.’
    • ‘Observations were conducted during structured teaching, free choice playtime, lunch, and small- and large-group activities.’
    • ‘FUN certainly seems to be top of the agenda for the youngsters from Rathoe as their playtime continues to benefit from the goodwill of the community.’
    • ‘Let him spend some time in the house interacting with the family, and allow him plenty of playtime, chew bones, and designate a spot in the house where he can relax in ease.’
    • ‘Karol Sr was a self-disciplined martinet and a control freak who mapped out his sons' schedules, even their playtimes.’
    • ‘Childhood experts know that despite increasing barriers to quality playtime, children's DNA is hard-wired to find fun.’
    • ‘The Government is saying they want children to be healthy but our children cannot go out at playtimes.’
    • ‘Unfortunately, no-one discovered my talents and I didn't really enjoy drama, so beside the odd playtime performance they didn't go any further.’
    • ‘After a few hours of domestic playtime with the kids and the dog, we're back on the road, with a quick 350-mile drive to suburban Atlanta to get through.’
    • ‘I yelled upstairs indicating playtime was over.’
    • ‘The guidelines suggest extra time to eat lunch so there is now an eating time as well as a playtime, and encouraging older children to help younger children manage their lunch.’
    • ‘To some, Bill's art class may have seemed like extra playtime for the children (not necessarily a bad thing in itself), but not an experience that teaches art.’
    • ‘We are depriving the children of their playtime.’
    • ‘When it's a sunny playtime at school we go to the park.’
    • ‘At playtime and lunchtime I always wanted to keep on working on my music.’
    • ‘Zouch Primary School's project aims to improve the experience of playtimes for pupils at the school, developing an ethos of mutual respect.’
    • ‘Schools remain on ‘lockdown’, with pupils banned from going outside during playtime or PE lessons, and many cafes and restaurants have removed all outdoor seating.’
    • ‘Wading pools should be emptied at the end of playtime.’
    • ‘At work, during an extended playtime, Jamie suggested Peter Pan and the children happily agreed.’
    • ‘Our trio in the know show you how and why to make room for playtime, your guaranteed link to renewed optimism, more robust health and a deeper sense of purpose.’
    • ‘Researchers have found that incorporating finger pricks into playtime can help encourage diabetic children and teenagers to check their blood sugar more consistently.’
    • ‘Pupils at a junior and infants school are wearing hats at playtimes in a bid to protect themselves from the sun's ultra-violet rays, which can cause skin cancer.’
    • ‘I think, in a way, Jas enjoyed his time at that school, certainly the playtimes.’