Play Matters > Monthly Themes
Play Matters Australia focuses on a different theme each month and encourages groups and organisations to get involved by aligning some of their play activities with these themes.
Learn more below.
The Play Matters Australia monthly themes are shown below. Our digital portals contain a suite of resources aligned to these themes. Each theme is designed to encourage and inspire play. Click on a theme below to learn more!
January is Health Habits Month! Encourage children to establish good habits for the year ahead.
February is Creative Play Month! Encourage children to explore, create, and innovate.
March is STEAM Play Month! Join the World Science Festival with experimental play.
April is Nature Play Month! Get outside and discover the play opportunities nature has to offer.
May is Messy Play Month! Create excitement and foster curiosity with sensory play.
June is Music Month! Celebrate World Music Day with musical play.
July is Physical Play Month! Nurture healthy bodies with physical and energetic play.
August is Literacy Month! Lay foundations for reading and writing in the early years.
Around the World Play
September is Around the World Play Month! Enhance children’s awareness of cultural diversity.
October is Imaginative Play Month! Spark imaginations with dress up play.
November is Sustainability Play Month! Promote and learn about sustainable practices.
December is Summer Fun Month! Celebrate the season of outdoor fun.