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!

Let's Play: Activities for Families

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!

LEAP BC™: Literacy, Education, Activity and Play

LEAP BC™ has developed a number of online resources to give families ideas and activities to support play, movement, healthy eating, and language development. Activity cards include:

  • Move™ – integrates physical activity, early language development and healthy eating for infants and toddlers, from birth to 3 years of age
  • Hop™ – integrates physical activity, early language development and healthy eating for preschoolers from 3 to 5 years of age
  • Talk™ – activities that encourage early literacy and language development in infants and toddlers
  • Food Flair™ – activities that help create environments that support healthy eating for young children from birth to age 5

Find out more at Decoda Literacy Solutions

Local Libraries

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.