First 5 Years

Ready Set Kindergarten English Playing

Ready, Set, Kindergarten!

You are your child’s first teacher.
Play is a child's work, and all play is learning.

Download our playing tipsheet:
Playing Tipsheet (.pdf)

Play and get ready to read!


  • Play will help get your child ready for school.
  • Play = Learning!
  • Children learn a lot about the world through play.
  • Give your child lots of chances for free play during the day.

Play at home... Play at home...

  • Give your child bowls, cups, and containers to play with in the bath tub.
  • Make blocks out of food and cereal boxes.
  • Make or buy play dough for your child to explore.

Play on the Go!Play on the go...

  • Bring toys and books with you on trips.
  • Make up games to play with your child that you can play anywhere.
  • Children’s museums have many fun play activities you can enjoy together.

Play at the Library

  • Enjoy children’s programs at the library together.
  • Check out books from the library that you and your child can act out together.
  • Look for parenting books with fun ideas for play activities to try at home.

BPL Ready, Set, Kindergarten: Let's PretendLet's Pretend

  • Create a dress-up box with old clothes, jewelry, hats, and shoes.
  • Make a pretend bus with rows of chairs and a paper plate for a steering wheel.
  • Set-up a play restaurant with menus, paper plates, and cups.
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