PlayWorks believes it’s good to Play whatever your age!
Play is an essential part of a happy childhood but it’s much more than that – it’s vital for children’s development too – physically, emotionally, intellectually and socially. It provides the opportunity to explore the world around them, their imagination and learn practical skills and develop their communication skills.
The Right to Play is a human right under the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.
The national organisation Play England describes play as ‘what children and young people do when they follow their own ideas and interests, in their own way, for their own reasons.’ We think that’s a great description!
Children’s Right to Play is even enshrined in Article 31 of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, ratified by the UK government in 1991. That means the government has a duty under this convention to protect and promote play opportunities for all children and young people.
Article 31 (Leisure, play and culture): Children have the right to relax and play, and to join in a wide range of cultural, artistic and other recreational activities.
Everyone should continue to Play as they grow, whether that is a fun exercise, reading your favourite book or tackling a puzzle. Play is a great way to destress and focus on something else for a few minutes, or a couple of hours.