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!
- Set 1 Let’s Play, Engagement (PDF)
- Set 2 Let’s Play, Communication(PDF)
- Set 3 Let’s Play, Identities (PDF)
- Set 4 Let’s Play, Well-Being (PDF)
We would like to thank the Let’s Play Working Group consisting of Child Health BC, YMCA of Greater Vancouver, and the BC Association for Child Development & Intervention for their contributions to this document
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
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.