Children Need Play



What’s the Best Kind of Play?

Parents sheltering at home with their children are realizing just how critical social interactions and hands-on play are to young children.

While play takes many forms, providing opportunities for play that has the greatest benefit to children requires a willingness to let children be in charge of the action. Open-ended activities and toys that let children choose are especially engaging and helpful. The more unstructured, the better.


What’s the Adult’s Role?

For many adults, unstructured play can take some getting used to. It can be messy and unpredictable, but that’s what makes it joyful for a child. It’s ok for a child to create art that doesn’t look like the example, and it’s ok to offer a pile of loose parts and let a child use their imagination to build something new.

The best resource for exploration and play is found outdoors, in nature. Everyday walks around the neighborhood can turn up all sorts of interesting observations, sensory experiences, and things to collect, all while getting exercise and fresh air.


Need more ideas?

We’re delivering hundreds of art, play, and learning kits to vulnerable families in the community. These kits are also available for purchase. If you are interested in ordering the following kits, please contact

Habitot-at-Home Kits for Sale

  • Recycled Art Kit
  • Sensory Play Kit
  • STEM (early science and math) kit
    Hands-on Art Kit