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Unstructured Play

Today is Global School Play Day! It’s a day to bring awareness to the importance of unstructured play. Unstructured play is a child’s right and is integral to healthy development. It is play where children follow their own ideas without a defined purpose or outcome. The Canadian Public Health Association (CPHA) has developed a Children’s… Read more

Playing Builds Brains

Everyday Play Play Using the Senses Language, Numbers and Play Find ideas for play-based learning activities for families in the four booklet set, Let’s Play: Activities for Families. More information is available in the Play Today BC Handbook.

Mud for Fun & Learning

As the weather warms up, there are more opportunities for mud play. Why should young children play in mud? Read about some benefits in Mud, Marvelous Mud! Squishing, digging, patting and stomping mud are all fun activities. But there’s so much more you can do. Find some ideas in: Dirt & Mud Activities for Kids… Read more

Benefits of Outdoor Play in Winter

Outdoor play in winter is fun and it’s good for children. There are physical, cognitive and social benefits. It provides exercise, fresh air and Vitamin D (on sunny days). But, did you know it can also prevent illness, develop problem solving skills, provide a new perspective and encourage imagination? For more details on the benefits,… Read more

Fun and Games for the Family Day Weekend

Monday is Family Day in BC and the weather this long weekend may provide the opportunity to try some of the 50 Outdoor Things To Do With Your Kids in Winter. For inside activities, one idea is a family games night. You can find tips in Boost kids’ skills and memories with weekly game night…. Read more

The Power of Play

Today is Global School Play Day! It’s a day that emphasizes the importance of unstructured play for children. Last month, CBC Nature of Things released The Power of Play, a documentary that underlines the importance of unstructured play. You can watch the full episode online. Here’s a sample. For links to more information on unstructured… Read more