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The "Learning Through Play " program has for many years been successful in introducing new and enjoyable ways for parents to nurture and play with their children at each stage of development. Each time parents play, talk, touch, and respond to their children in a loving manner, they make a significant difference. The calendars, game and magnets are filled with important activities that will benefit children and their parents and are valuable tools to assist in getting these ideas across to parents.


For many years parents have enjoyed using the Learning Through Play calendars, "From Birth To Three Years" and "From Three To Six Years". These calendars have been revised to reflect current research findings. The pictures in the calendars depict activities that parents can do with their children through the different stages of their development. They promote physical growth, relationship building and understanding of the world, communication and sense of self.

Parenting Magnets

The Parenting Magnets come in both English and Spanish and can be purchased separately or in packages of eight. They offer attractive reminders for parents regarding common parenting issues. The topics of the magnets are: When a Child Misbehaves; Why Children Misbehave; Preventing Misbehaviour in Your Children; Making Rules for Young Children; Parents are Special; Praise your Child; Communicating With Children and I need you to play with me because...(New in English only).

The Game

The game consists of child development cards from birth to six years focussing on 5 areas of development, sense of self, physical, relationships, understanding the world and communication. The facilitator can choose the specific topic areas and age ranges that are most beneficial for their intended population. The game also includes an 80 page facilitator's guide. It is recommended that the game always be played with a trained facilitator.

Thank you to:

  • Canadian International Development Agency for financial support.
  • Donors who have made this project possible.
  • SickKids Centre for Community Mental Health staff who have generously volunteered their time.