Play is a critical component of your child’s learning, development, and well-being. Here are a couple of suggestions to support your child’s engagement in play:
- Allow your child’s interests to be your guide
- Ask open-ended questions (how or why?) about what you both are doing while you play
- If your child asks for help, restate the problem and ask how they think the problem could be solved before offering solutions
- Give children time to think and respond to questions or to make choices
- Above all, have fun!
These are activities for children and caregivers to play and learn together. A number of options for how to engage with activities are described, or you can adapt as you need.
Above all, play and have fun!
- Let's Play! Activities for Families (PDF, 7.5MB)
In fall 2019, copies of this booklet are being shared with parents across BC via regional Child Care Resource and Referral (CCRR) offices, libraries, and schools.
Your local library hosts amazing programs that support play, engagement, and preliteracy skills. The librarians who support these programs are a great resource for any questions you may have about how to engage your child in learning. Check out your local library’s programs today.
For online resources, Vancouver Public Library has a number of fun activities to try:
Appetite to Play
This website has a range of activities for children and families and information on healthy eating and physical activity.