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Celebrating the International Day of Play!

Celebrating the International Day of Play!

Thank you to Nathan Zhang, summer student at the Healthy Active Living and Obesity Research Group at the CHEO Research Institute, for providing this post.

On June 11, 2024, we will celebrate the first-ever International Day of Play! This will mark the beginning of an annual global awareness day adopted by the United Nations in collaboration with groups from around the world, aiming to raise awareness about the vital role that play has on children’s physical, cognitive, social and emotional development. Celebrate this amazing day by playing more! Check out the links below for additional resources from outdoor play organizations around the world. 

  • International Day of Play – The Official Website
  • UN Signals Importance of Play by Adopting Official International Day of Play – LEGO
    • LEGO in partnership with global partners led the charge in calling on the United Nations to adopt an International Day to promote, protect, and emphasize the importance of play on child development and well-being. LEGO will host various worldwide events promoting play as a child development and learning strategy, serving as an initiative for LEGO’s broader mission to support learning through play. 
  • Top Tips for International Day of Play – Play Wales
  • Celebrating all Children’s Right to Play – Linc Programme
    • The Leadership for Inclusion in Early Years (LINC) Programme is proud to announce its celebration of the first International Day of Play, and invites you to attend its free webinar on Tuesday, June 11th from 5-6 pm. This webinar will feature guest speakers Fiona Kirkland (Play Pedagogy Officer at Play Scotland), Professor Emer Ring (Dean of Early Childhood and Teacher Education at Mary Immaculate College), Dr. Lisha O’Sullivan (Head of Department of Reflective Pedagogy at Mary Immaculate College) and Shirley Heaney (National Co-ordinator of the LINC Programme). Together, they will discuss the various facets of play.
  • Using Play to Help the World’s Children to Heal, Learn and Thrive – PEDAL Hub
  • International Day of Play Community Fund-Change X
    • In celebration of the first International Day of Play, Change X invites communities to host playful events in their communities and to apply for funding for one of the four play-related events.
  • International Day of Play-Play Australia
  • Susciter et diversifier le jeu dans l’espace public- Centre d’écologie urbaine

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