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!

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

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.