Playing outside kept us happy and healthy when we were kids. So let's dust off our bike helmets, skip rope or play hide-and-seek in the park. It's time to bring back play!
We’re excited to share our most recent campaign, Bring Back Play, which encourages parents to increase their children’s physical activity levels by bringing back the fun games and unstructured active play that used to be a part of every childhood.
Active play may be fun, but it’s certainly not frivolous. Play allows youth of all ages to try new things, test boundaries and use their imaginations.
In addition to the physical health benefits, active play offers cognitive, emotional and social development benefits. It has been shown to improve and foster motor function, creativity, decision-making, problem-solving and social skills, the ability to control emotions and preschoolers’ speech. And, it’s lots of fun!
Unfortunately, 63% of Canadian kids free time after school and on weekends is spent being sedentary. We need to get our kids moving, and we’ve got plenty of great ideas, tips and information on bringing more play into your children’s lives.
In order to help parents recall the games that they loved to play, and to, in turn, teach their own children how to play, we have created a web-based app full of classic, active games. These games include running games like “What Time is it Mr. Wolf?”, Ball games like “SPUD” and “Foursquare”, and team games that have stood the test of time, such as “Capture the Flag”.The web-based app is optimized for mobile use, so that parents can access the game ideas, and information on how to play, while outdoors with their children. The app can be accessed from any device that has an internet connection.
Learn more about the Bring Back Play campaign and check out the ParticipACTION Tool Kit for tips, tools and campaign material you can use for your organization.
Kickstart your free-play program with fun tips and ideas from ParticipACTION.
Download your free Bring Back Play winter poster.
We’re taking Bring Back Play on tour! Visit us when we’re in your neighbourhood for fun activities and info.
The Active Healthy Kids Canada Report Card annually assesses the state of child and youth physical activity in Canada.
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