Spark play ideas @ community

Play information and ideas, perfect to use in after school clubs, youth clubs and holiday programmes. These resources can be printed and used in settings or shared digitally.

Download, share and play!


“I really enjoyed how fun and interactive this was, not like a normal training course.”

Training participant

Spark the play challenge cards

A set of 25 play challenges to spark play, each with tips to get started, ideas to extend the play and information on play types. Ideal for use in after school clubs, youth clubs and holiday programmes, as well as classrooms.

Spark the Play Challenges were developed and shared online by the ELPA Play Ranger Team during the Covid-19 pandemic.

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Supporting play: resources

Children are full of play and ideas, there are a few simple things adults can do to help. Spark the play pack is activity pack with a difference, designed to give time and space for children’s ideas to develop.

The supporting play poster has practical tips to help support children’s play.

Ideal for use in after school clubs, youth clubs and holiday programmes, as well as at home.

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ELPA Spark the Play Pack

ELPA Adult Role poster


Pac-a-Map opens up conversations about play and play spaces and gathers information which can be used to:

  • stimulate conversations about play spaces in local communities
  • inform priorities and future projects
  • support the development of local Play Strategies and Action Plans
  • highlight issues surrounding play such as accessibility and inclusion.

Pac-a-Map is an engaging resource for reminiscence activities and for conversations between older people and younger ones.

Pac-a-Map is based on the idea of local knowledge contributing to a stronger voice for play.

COVID signage

During COVID-19 restrictions, we want to make sure our signs for organised community play are clear and accurate but still friendly and welcoming. They are designed to be easily understood without too many words to read. Here are the play-friendly signs created by the ELPA Play Rangers. Perhaps these will inspire your play-friendly signs too! #chooseplay

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