Play. Anytime, Anywhere.

Play is…building relationships and connections between children of all ages and the adults in their lives. It is essential for emotional, intellectual, social and developmental growth. Play helps build skills that will be used throughout the child’s lifetime.

Ways to play with children

  • Provide time for spontaneous free play both indoors and out.
  • Provide a variety of materials for different kinds of play – blocks and construction
    toys, mud, water, clay, paint, dress-up clothes, balls, hoops, natural items, etc.
  • Consider opportunities for challenge and risk-taking in play.
  • Follow the child’s lead.
  • Participate by taking a ride down the slide, or joining in make believe play.
  • Value messy play, rough-and-tumble play and nonsense play.
  • Take an interest in their play; ask questions, offer suggestions, and play when invited.

Refer to: Source Canadian Council on Learning – Let the Children Play: Nature’s Answer to Early Learning

Go Play Resources

Through the distribution of these play messages families, communities and decision makers can promote and be guided by the following outcomes: play is valued, all children have opportunities to play; and every adult has the responsibility to engage playfully with children.

Go Play is a project of the Aligning Early Learning and Care Initiative (AELC) who is committed to working cooperatively with community partners to ensure that quality early childhood services are coordinated to support parents and to working together to enrich children’s lives, and help them attain their full potential. AELC brings together agencies, funders and key stakeholders working with children and families.

Go Play Posters

Play_Baking

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 Play_Fall

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 Play_Peek_a_boo

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Play_Snow

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RememberWhen-HideandSeek

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RememberWhen-Ladybug

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RememberWhen-PrincessesandPirate

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 Play Builds Baking Helping Elderly 11x17 Tiny
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Play Builds Bubbles Scientist Tiny
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Play Builds Sandbox Construction Tiny
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 Play Builds Teacher Business Tiny
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Images to use in Email Signatures or Online (web resolution)

Right click on the images below and choose “Save As”

full-banner-fall

full-banner-peekaboo

full-banner-snowball

RememberWhenBanner-HideandSeek

RememberWhenBanner-Puddle

Activity and Reading Resources

Download a pdf version of the GoPlay Resources or view the links below.

Activity Resources

Reading Resources

At the time of publication, these web sites were current. Please note that it is important to check them before recommending them.