Children and play go together like strawberries and cream!
Every child wants to play - Play is how children have fun, acquire skills, experience success, and build self-esteem. Through play children figure out the world and where and how they fit in.
Play is vital to the health and well being of children (and adults too!). Play encourages children and adults to interact socially and be physically active.
Make play part of everyday!
Playing with your child is one of the most wonderful things about being a parent. It's a vital part of the way babies and children grow and learn.
The time you spend just having fun together:
- provides a variety of learning opportunities
- helps children learn to trust and depend on their parents
- makes your child feel loved and secure, which helps them to develop
- helps children integrate ideas as they learn to make sense of the world
- helps you get to know each other and brings you closer.
Playing in the park, playground or other open spaces costs nothing - it's by far the cheapest way to keep kids happy. Walking to places is also often a lot quicker than you think, with no traffic jams and no problems parking!
Did you know?
- Many of us live less than a 20 minute walk from a park, green space or playground, and there are no entrance fees!
- Spending time together outdoors as a family is great fun and makes a day to remember!
- Active play is a great way for children to burn off steam, helping them to focus at school and sleep better at night!
- Active play is the perfect way for children to get their daily recommended dose of an hour of physical activity!
Ideas for play
- Active Play - e.g. dancing to music, riding a bike, playing in the park, skipping, helping around the house
- Making Play - e.g. making a birthday card, cutting out pictures from the paper, making an alphabet book
- Word and Music Play - e.g. acting out songs and nursery rhymes, dancing, musical games, making sounds
- Messy Play - e.g. putting rice in trays, finger painting, play dough, playing in puddles
- Thinking Play - e.g. sorting objects into categories, puzzles, what's missing games
- Pretend Play - e.g. role playing, dress ups, cubby houses, sock puppets, performances