Traditionally held on the first Wednesday in August every year, Playday is the national day for play in the United Kingdom. The theme for this year is Everyday Freedoms Everyday Adventures.
As well as celebrating children’s rights to play, the campaign recognises the impact that Coronavirus and government restrictions around physical distancing have had on children. These restrictions mean that children have not been able to play freely with their friends and in their community for several months and this has the potential to impact children’s mental health negatively.
With that in mind, play is even more useful in helping children make sense of the world around them and can help to alleviate stress during uncertain times.
- Playing is fun and central to happiness
- Playing helps physical and mental wellbeing
- Playing boosts resilience to stress and challenges
- Playing helps develop confidence and creativity
- Playing helps with learning and development
Because of the restrictions currently in place, Playday 2020 is calling on families across the UK to celebrate at home. If you join in the campaign and are playing outside whilst wearing a cast, don’t forget to use one of our Sealskinz outdoor sock or child mitts / arm cover.
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Written by Joe Redman