Play is age-less
Play is essential at any age, not just for little kids. Children and young people have a natural urge to play. By allowing enough time, appropriate spaces and giving permission and support are essential ingredients for play. For example, ask your child where their favourite places to play around home are, then make a plan to explore that place, and others, every day.
Play gets us all active
Research shows that children and young people get over half of their daily movement through play! Building play-breaks into your lockdown routine is a positive whānau wellbeing tool. Try building an obstacle course or bike track with your kids in your backyard or a nearby reserve.
Play is a learning tool
Struggling to find balance between school, work, and screen time? Allowing children to explore their local world through play is where their brains get to practice and learn life-skills. Playing may be better for learning than you think! An example could be counting birds flying past, observing their different noises, building a bird box, drawing a bird, or designing a dance, and so on.