Play ideas for playgroups

Below are some play ideas that provide fun and educational experiences for children.

Level of compliance Main audience Other



  • Service Managers 
  • Educators, Teachers and Kaiako
  • Parents, Caregivers and Whānau
  • All Early Learning Services 

Children learn through play. Early learning services and whānau would benefit from understanding these play ideas and using them with their children.

These play ideas have been developed for playgroups, though they can be used at other types of early learning services, if you ensure that you are following the regulations and licensing criteria that apply to your service. Parents and caregivers may also find these ideas useful.

The principles and strands of Te Whāriki are encompassed in the play ideas.

 You may choose to view, save or print each individual play idea above, or use the complete collection of ideas that is linked below.

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