Play can be difficult to define because it’s a mix of many different types of behaviour and interactions. Play can involve other people and objects. It’s what children do naturally when adults aren’t organising their time.
Play is what we call any behaviour or activity that children start, control and organise themselves. It happens whenever and wherever there is an opportunity.
Children will often play independently, whatever their age. But from time to time your child may ask you for ideas. This section of the website has lots of suggestions.
Your child’s play will change as they grow and develop new skills. So we have information here about the different ways your child might choose to play at different stages of their childhood. We also have some simple ideas for getting involved with your child’s play.
Ideas for everyday items that can be used for play and activities to play
Every child has the right to play. This page contains resources that can help your child learn about their right to play
Playing has all sorts of benefits for children – physical, mental, emotional and social
Playing in a range of ways supports child development and helps them explore the world around them
Information and ideas about how children play from birth to teenage years