Ways to Play Monthly Downloads

Each month, I am providing you with a free download for simple, creative play inspiration. Print it out, hang it up, and have fun!

The 10 activities each month don’t require a lot of special supplies or preparation and can be enjoyed by a wide variety of ages.

Happy playing!

Monthly Download Posts:













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1 COURTNEY March 19, 2011 at 5:22 pm



2 ema March 21, 2011 at 2:52 pm

These are great, thank you for inspiration. Some days it’s hard to come up with something so it’s good to have a stash of suggestions.

thank you


3 Catherine April 23, 2011 at 1:10 pm

You are such a blessing! Thank you for sharing your inspiration!


4 Maria Elena Viglianco June 30, 2011 at 6:02 pm

Dear Amy,
I’d like to download your play lists, but I’m not able to do it. Is there anything you could do about it? Thank you very much for sharing your great ideas. I’m a mother of a two-year-old girl and a six-year-old boy from Argentina.


5 Weena Contreras July 22, 2011 at 9:34 am

Your 10 Ways To Play downloads are super cool! Thanks!


6 Shonda September 8, 2011 at 3:35 pm

I really like this idea! I can do 10 things. I’m not very creative, but my kid will really enjoy this and it will give me something fun to plan for “down” times! Thank you so much!


7 Veronik September 24, 2011 at 11:32 pm

Thank you so much for your ideas!!!!!!! I really like your blog :) muchas gracias !


8 Allison Prajapati September 28, 2011 at 7:56 am

I am a teacher and would love to give these monthly play ideas to my families. However a number of my students come from Spanish speaking homes. Is there any way that these lists could also be made available in Spanish?


9 Ashley October 25, 2011 at 4:12 pm

I’m bummed there is no october or november! Will these be coming soon?!


10 Amy October 25, 2011 at 5:53 pm

Whoops – forgot to update this page with October’s link! Here it is: http://lets-explore.net/blog/2011/10/ways-to-play-in-october/

November will be coming soon! :)


11 Melissa mae November 20, 2011 at 5:32 pm

When do you post the December list?


12 Amy December 1, 2011 at 12:46 pm

The December list is ready – see the link above! :)


13 Marisa December 20, 2011 at 7:19 pm

Love these! Thank you!


14 Kristen January 5, 2012 at 9:42 pm

AWESOME. Need this, thanks so much. I am printing all 12 of them right now to put up next to the calender. I will flip them when I flip the calendar. It will be a fun challenge to try and do all ten in the month.


15 katers January 6, 2012 at 10:55 am

these are awesome! thank you so much!


16 Megan January 10, 2012 at 2:09 pm

Found this post through pinterest – so excited to try these ideas with my boys! Thanks!!!


17 The Activity Mom January 11, 2012 at 4:57 am

AWESOME!!!! Sharing this on fb and twitter and pinterest. =)


18 Mandy January 11, 2012 at 8:02 am

Thank you for doing these, I can’t wait to give them to the parents at my school!


19 Catie January 11, 2012 at 12:24 pm

This is so great! I just printed February’s! Thanks so much!


20 SUPAHMAMA January 15, 2012 at 8:16 am

These are AMAZING!!! You have officially earned a new follower. :) Look forward to more fabulous ideas!!!


21 Emily January 16, 2012 at 9:12 pm

Awesome! I printed all of them. Thanks so much.


22 cacao cottage January 17, 2012 at 9:45 am

thank you for these! {how smart…ideas that don’t include an electronic device}


23 Cory Wilde January 19, 2012 at 6:29 am

Fantastic site!! Thank you so much for sharing all your wonderful ideas.


24 Lesley January 19, 2012 at 6:35 am

Thank you so much for sharing the “10 Ways to Play”! Such a motivator for me to get off my butt and do something different with my girls. Thanks!


25 Michelle Zilka January 19, 2012 at 6:54 am

THANK YOU I just found this and omg i am loving it i am always lacking in the creativity department. So now i have 10 things to do every month. thanks again. :)


26 Isabella January 20, 2012 at 8:41 am

Thank you! I’ll print them soon, very excited about this. These are exactly the kind of quirky ideas I’m looking for. So lucky to have come across this. Thank you again! (:


27 Teri January 21, 2012 at 8:49 am

Thank you for sharing. I am printing up the whole year on fun paper and will make a little booklet that my little ones will have easy access to so that they can remind me to do this with them :) Thank you for the great printables and great idea.


28 Shelli January 21, 2012 at 11:03 pm

I love this 10 ways to play. Thank you for posting it and thanks to someone who “pinned” it! I feel sad that playing does not come naturally to me, but it is the truth. These will help me so much. I printed all 12 of them and hope to do them each month this year. My kids will love it. Thanks again!


29 Tiffany February 10, 2012 at 6:19 pm

Thank you so much for your creativity and generosity! I printed all 12, and I put February in a sheet protector on the fridge. I’ll let my 3 year-old color in the activities with a dry-erase marker as we complete them!


30 vickie May 16, 2012 at 5:51 am

Just the cutest thing I have found for my three year old grandson. I am going to give this to his 21 year old mother for her fridge so they can remind themselves to have fun together.

Beautiful site, I will be back. <3
Vickie in Virginia


31 vickie May 16, 2012 at 5:56 am

Following you on Pinterest & Facebook!
Vickie in Virginia


32 Karen July 14, 2012 at 5:25 pm

I just found you a roundabout way through Facebook. You rock, and I’m so excited to try out some of this stuff with my daughter!
Thank you!!


33 Amy July 24, 2012 at 7:51 am

Aw, thank you Karen! I hope you and your daughter have lots of fun playing together! :)


34 Lindy January 5, 2013 at 8:19 pm

Thank you so much for sharing this!! Just fantastic ideas!!! Can’t wait to do all of these activities! !


35 Amy January 7, 2013 at 10:11 pm

You’re so welcome – have fun playing!


36 Jessica January 8, 2013 at 7:50 am

Thanks for these great ideas! I do a Family Fun night at our church and I am going to incorporate these into the calendar that we do this month!!


37 Stephanie January 13, 2013 at 8:09 pm

Thank you so much for this and the cute PDF! I’m adding them to my church’s newsletters for moms each month!


38 Mara January 22, 2013 at 10:27 am

These are so fun! Thanks for sharing :)


39 Rebecca February 25, 2013 at 8:55 pm

LOVE these!


40 JaSi March 6, 2013 at 3:49 am

Thanks so much for sharing your 10 Ways to Play lists. I have a day care and fresh ideas are always needed and these are great!


41 Niesha May 27, 2013 at 9:05 pm

Thank you for sharing these fun ideas!


42 Indirablue August 1, 2013 at 2:23 pm

thank you so much for sharing a bunch of good ideas, they will be exciting for my daughter.


43 Sunni August 2, 2013 at 1:48 pm

We LOVE the 10 ways to play each month and share them with parents in our Early/Head Start Program. Is there any way that you could send them in Spanish too?


44 Amy August 30, 2013 at 7:14 am

Hi Sunni – Sorry, I’m not able to translate them into Spanish. So glad your program is able to use the handouts! :)


45 Jill July 17, 2015 at 7:19 am

I love this idea! Thank you for creating a free printable! As a Kindergarten teacher, I would love to share this resource with parents. Please let me know your copyright policy, as I would like to keep the full page showing your copyright and web link at the bottom (which would allow parents to visit your wonderful website, too).



46 Stephanie May 30, 2016 at 5:49 am

These are awesome! We have been trying to incorporate these for several months now. The ideas are easy and fun and most often inexpensive too. Thank you so much!


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