This Wednesday (the 3rd of August) is International Play Day. The event was begun in 1987 in London in response to government cuts to play centres, and aimed to raise awareness of the importance of play and the need for play grounds and community play spaces. Since then however, the day has grown massively, and included a whopping 850 events in 2015.
The aim of the day is to celebrate play in lots of different forms and highlight the importance of play to children’s creative, social and physical development. From street parties to festivals, woodland adventures, and organised sports, Play Day is a chance for communities to come together and celebrate the importance of play.
There are hundreds of events going on up and down the country, from Eastbourne to Aberdeen (and everywhere in between), in forests, playgrounds, beaches, fields and village greens. Events can be large and small, community wide or just a couple of friends, and range from anything to learning a new skill, like woodland craft, or getting messy with some paints. The day hopes to get everyone having fun, sharing experiences and making new pals.
Visit the Play Day website to find out more about the day and events near you and even find resources and top tips to plan your own event.