Children are born with a natural desire to play. Whether playing alone, with a parent/caregiver, or with another child, play is not only a legitimate activity for children, it is vital for their growth, development and well-being.
The importance of play has been underlined through research which has shown play’s positive contribution to children’s physical and mental health; self-confidence and sense of self-worth; social skills and their ability to better understand and engage with the world around them. Providing access to different play opportunities actively supports this growth and development.
Play Matters because play is the most natural way for children to learn, grow, develop, and make sense of the world and their place within it.
This resource explains in detail, the importance of play as well as providing ideas to help you have fun in your everyday play adventures with your children.
The resource includes the ages, stages and types of play; play throughout childhood; play types; play whatever the season; risk and challenges; and fun ideas to try.