’Everyday Freedoms, Everyday Adventures’ Wednesday 5th August 2020

Published: 05 June 2020

’Everyday Freedoms, Everyday Adventures’

Wednesday 5th August 2020

The Playday 2020 theme aims to highlight the importance of giving children and teenagers the freedom to play and have everyday adventures. As well as celebrating children’s right to play, this year’s Playday recognises the impact of government restrictions and physical distancing on children’s mental health and opportunities to play freely with friends and in their community.

This year, we want to focus on the unique characteristics of play that we know help children make sense of the world around them and can alleviate their stress and anxiety, particularly during challenging and uncertain times.

· Playing is fun and is central to children’s happiness

· Playing helps children’s physical, mental and emotional health and well-being

· Playing boosts children’s resilience, enabling them to cope with stress, anxiety and challenges

· Playing supports children to develop confidence, creativity and problem-solving skills

· Playing contributes to children’s learning and development.

http://www.playday.org.uk/ - Playday is coordinated by PlayBoard Northern Ireland, Play England, Play Scotland and Play Wales.

As in previous years we are calling our partners and friends to come together and once again support Playday in Blaenau Gwent.

Due to current government guidance about social gatherings and physical distancing, we will not be holding our annual public Playday event. It will be very different to previous Playdays, but it is important that we go ahead with this year’s celebration. The need to provide time, space and permission to play is as important as ever, we do have a plan and would like to invite you all to join us.

Make a pledge for Playday – TODAY!

We will be setting up our Playday event via our social media channels and we are inviting you to send in a virtual play activity video. We will pull together a programme prior to the day and upload videos throughout the day. We are hoping to provide a variety of activity ideas throughout the day for children, teenagers and like-minded adults J

We are asking our partners, friends and colleagues to initially ‘make a pledge for playby completing and returning the attached ‘pledge for play’ form – this will enable us to gauge activity numbers and to ensure we have a good spread of activities for all ages.

A few ideas to get you thinking: read a story, demonstrate a craft activity, nature theme, run a messy play activity, things to do in your garden, neighborhood walks, make a hot choc with all the trimmings, make a pizza, toast a marshmallow and to roll the boat out turn them into ‘smores’! If you are stuck for an idea, please do speak to me.

Please be mindful to keep activities low cost/no cost – ideally things you would find around the house/garden or easy to source. We are looking to create some ‘Playday’ activity bags which families can access to enable their children to join in on the day. When submitting your video could you please provide a resource list for the activity that would be a huge help!

Videos need only be a few minutes (10 minutes max), pre-recorded and to be sent to: sharon.cargill@blaenau-gwent.gov.uk by Friday 26th June.

Don’t forget to put the date in your diary Wednesday 5th August as we will be inviting families to share their Playday videos and photos.

We look forward to seeing your videos and would like to thank you for your support. Let’s make Playday 2020 one to remember albeit it a different one.

Please feel free to share this email and upload flier to your social media - the more the merrier J

We would also love to hear your ideas please do contact me

Watch this space - more info to follow over the next few weeks!

Kind regards

Sharon