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. 

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

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Healthy U: Top 40 Ways to Activate Kids and Parents

Preschooler Activity Calendar

Be Fit for Life: Move & Play Through Physical Literacy

Canadian Sport for Life: Encouraging Different Types of Play

Best Start: Resources for Physical Activity and the Early Years

Best Start: Great Ideas for Great Balls of Fun!

Mount Royal University: Hop, Skip, Jump Enhancing Physical Literacy

Alberta National Child Day Play Tool-Kit

Community Playthings: Outdoor Projects and Activities

Learning4kids: Online Resource of Activity and Play Ideas for Parents & Educators

How to Swap Screen Time for Active Play: The Early Years

Happy House: 11 Way to Boost the Playability of your Entire House

Wild Family Nature Clubs Tool-Kit



Play: How it Shapes the Brain, Opens the Imagination, and Invigorates the Soul by Stuart Brown

Spotlight on Young Children: Exploring Play

Playborhood: Turn your Neighborhood into a Place for Play by Mike Lanza

Play, Participation & Possibilities An Early Learning & Child Care Curriculum Framework for Alberta

Alberta Home Visitation Network Association (AHVNA): Connections Publication on the Importance of Play

Play Specialist Jane Hewes Talks to Parents about the Characteristics of Free Play

Today’s Parent: Learning to Play Alone Article

Why Play = Learning

NAEYC: Play and Children’s Learning

Best Start: What the Research Says about Physical Activity

Alberta Centre for Active Living: Physical Activity & Child Care Accreditation Standards

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

Canadian Child Care Federation: Supporting Children to Learn Through Play

Canadian Child Care Federation: I Have the Right To Play!

Canadian Child Care Federation: The Value of Play for Young Children

Community Playthings: The Role of Play in Learning

Project Wild Thing: A Movement to Get Kids and Grown-ups Playing Outside

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