Play All May

5 REASONS TO CELEBRATE PLAY!

  • Getting kids to play is absolutely critical to their healthy development! See the facts.

  • Overly-structured schedules, increased focus on academics, and the growing amount of screen time have led to the decline in play.

  • Through play, kids acquire 6 critical skills they need for success in school and in life.

  • Play brings families and generations together and reduces stress for everyone.

  • Play is FUN! And where there is play, there is also LEARNING!
With so many reasons to celebrate play, it is no wonder the American Academy of Pediatrics now recommends pediatricians to write kids a “prescription for play.”

Why Kids Need a "Prescription for Play"

Play All May

Play ideas for every day of the month.

More Play Ideas for Everyday

Play

Hop, Hop, Hopscotch

Benefit: Physical

Physical

Play

1, 2, 3, Freeze Tag

Benefit: Communicative

Communicative

Play

Play Pretend Parent

Benefit: Emotional

Emotional

Play

Monster Build-Off

Benefit: Cognitive

Cognitive

Play

Used Sand Truck Lot

Benefit: Creative

Creative

Play

Monkey Bars Swing

Benefit: Physical

Physical

Play

Hide Your Poker Face

Benefit: Communicative

Communicative

Play

Skip The Rock

Benefit: Social

Social

Play

Wire Twist Robot

Benefit: Cognitive

Cognitive

Play

Cardboard Couture

Benefit: Creative

Creative

Play

Down the Slide

Benefit: Physical

Physical

Play

Will It Pound?

Benefit: Emotional

Emotional

Play

Basketball Boost

Benefit: Cognitive

Cognitive

Play

Soccer Scramble

Benefit: Social

Social

Play

Draw Your House

Benefit: Creative

Creative

Play

Frisbee Toss

Benefit: Physical

Physical

Play

DIY Wind Chime

Benefit: Creative

Creative

Play

Garden Hose Firefighter

Benefit: Emotional

Emotional

Play

Sandbox Archeology

Benefit: Cognitive

Cognitive

Play

Superhero Team Go

Benefit: Communicative

Communicative

Play

Stuffed Animal Hospital

Benefit: Social

Social

Play

PreK Gourmet

Benefit: Creative

Creative

Play

Laundry Basket Scoot

Benefit: Emotional

Emotional

Play

Bubble Blow-Out

Benefit: Social

Social

Play

Peek-A-Boo You

Benefit: Cognitive

Cognitive

Play

Jamboree Jam

Benefit: Communicative

Communicative

Play

Cooperation Illustration

Benefit: Social

Social

Play

Hide and Seek

Benefit: Physical

Physical

Play

Board Game Blast

Benefit: Emotional

Emotional

Play

Puzzle Blitz

Benefit: Cognitive

Cognitive

Play

All-Ages Charades

Benefit: Communicative

Communicative



More Play Ideas for Everyday