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"Play never told me you can't."

Those are the words that open the second chapter of our Shaped by Play video. And now, more than ever, they ring loud and clear. While we're practicing social distancing and many playgrounds around the world have been temporarily closed, children, families and teachers are showing us that play is an invitation to be creative.

Think field trips are out of the question? Think again. Take a virtual field trip! We have installed loads of playgrounds and splash pads around the world, and you can experience many of them in the video playlist below.

Playground products shown in video may not be appropriate for every age group. Playsystems shown in video are for demonstration purposes only. Product configurations may vary.

Check out these innovative play at home ideas

Teach your children about landscape architecture through drawing and doodling; the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) has created a free activity book for download.

Download activity book

Browse the virtual events from Discovery Education for a chance to see some remarkable experiences. Each event comes with a companion guide packed with standards-aligned, hands-on learning activities.

Check out virtual events

Too Small to Fail has curated resources to help you talk, read, sing and play your way through the day. Pick and choose the ideas that work best for your child’s age and interests, and follow his or her lead.

Browse early childhood resources

Check out Storyline Online, made available by the SAG-AFTRA Foundation, and hear your favorite actors read your favorite children's stories.

Hear children's stories

Grab your paper and pencils and join Mo Willems at the Kennedy Center to explore new ways of writing and making together. All 15 on-demand episodes and downloadable activities are available.

Explore writing activities

Design your own ninja warrior course in your backyard. Here's a how to video on YouTube or follow this seven step article to create one inside your home.

Create backyard ninja course

Read! In addition to reading your favorite books, check out our On the Playground digital publication that is sure to help strengthen your mind and body.

Read our digital book

Scavenger hunts are a great activity to challenge your mind while being active. And best of all, there are so many options available from Primary Playground! Browse scavenger hunts that you can do in your indoors or outside in your backyard.

Go, Seek, Find!

Play a game of bingo. There are so many timely game boards available--work from home bingo, social distancing bingo, reading bingo. Find one that will be the most fun for your family and get playing!


Inclusion Matters by Shane's Inspiration has been sharing fun ideas to stay playful at home; check out their #30daysofplay on Twitter and Facebook.

Learn about Inclusion Matters

While staying at home, remember that imagination will never fail us and play will always shape us. Keep playing, and share your play at home tips with us using #shapedbyplay.

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