Making time for play with school-aged children
School-aged children put a great deal of energy into developing relationships with peers and love to use their imagination. They can create games out of many situations.
School age is a good time to get your child involved in organised sports or team activities, or holiday arts and crafts, but you can also support everyday play in the home.
You don’t need expensive toys to make playtime fun for your kids.
- Household items such as laundry baskets, furniture, linen, boxes and tents can be used for building play environments, cubby houses and playing make-believe.
- Dress ups and music can be used for a spontaneous musical or performance (allowing children to use their creativity, communication skills and develop self-confidence).
- To encourage physical activity, homemade obstacle courses are a great way to get your child moving in different ways, trying out various directions and speeds.