This tactile activity has many benefits for children of all ages! Younger kids will develop fine motor skills, colour recognition and see how mixing colours creates different results. Older kids can focus more on creative detail and developing their artistic techniques.
In this activity, kids will learn to use their descriptive skills to help others build a structure. This activity is great for developing social skills and learning to work collaboratively!
Anyone can learn to beatbox with a little practice and a little patience! Beatboxing will teach your child about sounds and rhythm. It will also teach them a lot about the drums they will be imitating with their voice. Beatboxing is a great way to occupy your child’s mind, and mouth, while doing other things –– and it can be learnt anytime and anywhere!
Kids love making noise! Give them some time with no noise limits to explore the possibilities of different sounds. This activity will get kids thinking about how sound and music are made, as well as what makes the best, or loudest, sounds.
This activity teaches kids about their ancestry as they plot their family tree. It’s a great opportunity for kids to spend time with an older relative as they research their family history. This activity encourages creativity and teaches kids that families come in all different shapes and sizes. Who knows, you might discover something new, too!
This classic kids’ challenge tests your kids observational skills as they memorise a group of items and then try to spot the one that’s been removed. Kids will be surprised to learn that this game is used in real-life military training –– the challenge is on!
Transform snack time into craft time by making an ordinary egg extraordinarily alien! Kids will love the ‘reveal’ aspect of this craft which engages the imagination and gets them eating healthy protein!
Building an obstacle course outside is a fun way for your child to get creative, active and, well, maybe a bit messy, too! All they need are household items that are light, easy and safe to move around – such as cardboard boxes and cushions. This playtime will feed their imagination, challenge their cognitive skills and get their muscles moving as they climb, run and crawl around the course.
Inquisitive kids will love this guessing game, but they’ll need to tread carefully, as they only get to ask 20 questions! This activity is perfect for warming up the mental muscles and can be played absolutely anywhere.
There are several great slime recipes that require PVA glue – but that’s not to say it’s an essential ingredient for this super-fun science experiment! Discover how to make slime without glue…all you need is a few simple household ingredients.
Play is in a state of silent emergency, and no where is this more true than within our cities. Many urban environments lack a city-wide strategy on play, despite play being a critical part of children’s development and learning.
Following on from the findings in our Reclaiming Play in Cities Report, we want to galvanise local governments, decision-makers and policy-makers to take a more strategic approach to incorporating learning through play principles in city design and planning.
We want to use creativity and research to help fill in the play gaps and co-create city-wide play initiatives. The Real Play City Challenge invites cities that are interested in implementing a child-friendly urban planning strategy to express their desire for running a pilot project.
City-makers, urban planners, place-makers, architects, activists, or any citizen interested in play and its benefits for society, are invited to submit their interested in implementing a child-friendly urban planning strategy to express their desire for running a pilot project. to realplaycoalition.com/application. Local governments and city-makers committed to this process will receive advice from international experts and together with local partners, we will co-create a city-wide strategy to implement child-friendly design in the urban planning process.
Stay tuned for further details, coming soon!
The competition is being driven by the Urban Play Framework in the Reclaiming Play in Cities Report launched at the 10th World Urban Forum in Abu Dhabi. Developed by Arup with the support of the LEGO Foundation and the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI), this new framework provides a holistic method to understand how various urban systems impact a child’s learning through play, to ultimately support the design and implementation of play-based interventions in cities. According to this framework, it is vital to assess the access, breadth and depth of play in cities according to four dimensions to ensure a play-friendly environment: the ability to Facilitate Play, the Environment and Infrastructure available for play, the Time and Opportunity allowed for play and the Supportive Ecosystem for Play.
At the Real Play Coalition, we truly believe in the power of play. We see a child’s time to play, access to play facilitation, environment for play and the broader supportive ecosystem that support play as a critical resource for children and their skills development. The Reclaiming Play in Cities Report, launched at the 10th World Urban Forum, reviews the evidence around learning through play and the impact that city and urban environments have on children’s access to play and ultimately, their overall development.
This also unveils a first-of-its-kind Urban Play Framework. This framework provides a method to understand how various urban systems impact a child’s learning through play experience, ultimately influencing their skills development and ability to thrive and reach their full potential.
You can download the Reclaiming Play in Cities Report by clicking the button, below:
Arup’s mission is in our motto: “We Shape a Better World”. A global firm of designers, engineers, planners, technical specialists and researchers, we work across every aspect of today’s built environment to find innovative and tangible solutions that change people’s lives for the better. Globally, we have over 15,000 employees and operate out of 40 countries, across 92 offices. Arup was founded in 1946 as an employee-owned firm by Sir Ove Arup, a celebrated engineer and philosopher whose philosophy of ‘Total Design’ as a form of social usefulness is still the cornerstone of our practice today. Ove Arup was ahead of his time, discussing the importance of sustainable attitudes and innovative thinking as early as the 1950s – a legacy of which we as a firm remain proud.
UNICEF works in 190 countries and territories to save children’s lives and to help them fulfil their potential, from early childhood through adolescence, saving the lives of millions of children, and advocate for and protect their rights globally. We drive governmental change to policies in the best interests of children.
This two-player game sees players go head-to-head in a battle to win the deck. With simple, easy-to-follow rules, it proves popular with kids of all ages – and can be played anytime, anywhere!
This activity combines imagination, creativity and science. Children will have to put their art skills and precision to the test as they build models, take photographs and bring their stories to life!
This classic game is perfect for kids parties or some family fun on a rainy day. Youngsters are sure to have lots of giggles as they pass around the ‘hot potato’ and race against the music!
This exciting science game for kids sees players compete to make the tallest tower out of paper. If they are to claim victory, they’ll need to think strategically, creatively and resourcefully. This game can also be a fun way to help kids build social skills and teamwork skills.
This exciting outdoor game provides kids with plenty of exercise as they put their speed and agility to the test. What’s more, they’ll build valuable social skills and burn off energy!
This game is guaranteed to provide super-sweet fun at a kids’ Halloween party! Players will enjoy lots of giggles as they try to sink their teeth into a tasty treat!
This all-time-favourite game is a fun way for kids to practise speaking and listening. They’ll also enjoy coming up with creative phrases – and discovering what can happen when messages are passed from person to person!
This maths game for kids sees two teams go head to head in a race to the finish! Players will have heaps of fun as they put their mental arithmetic skills to the test.
This activity allows children to explore their imagination and develop their vocabulary. A quick and fun game that can be played anywhere, it also helps to build teamwork skills and confidence.
Yoga is a great exercise for children, helping them to relax, focus, build confidence, develop core strength and flexibility, and improve posture. What’s more, it’s simple, fun and free!
Kids of all ages love to make things that they can keep. Paper mache offers plenty of opportunity to get creative… and a bit messy!
Most children can’t resist splashing in puddles. The joy of jumping, the splashing water and…well, simply getting a bit messy! What’s not to love?!
Den building is a fun, exciting activity for children, sparking their imagination and helping them to develop teamwork and problem-solving skills. They’ll also love their new ‘secret spot’ where they can hide out and play!
This game is a great way for kids to explore their imagination, as well as develop listening skills, social skills and confidence. What’s more, there’s no equipment required – and it can be played anytime and anywhere!
Children have boundless imaginations and can make a game out of almost anything! Why not try this activity on a rainy day?
Whether you’re spending a day at the beach or an hour at the sand table, building sandcastles is a fun sensory activity that will have everyone joining in! It can also be a great way to inspire teamwork and creativity.