Playful Childhoods aims to help parents, carers, grandparents and community groups give children plenty of good opportunities to play. The resources can also be used by professionals in their work with children and families.
What does it include?
The Playful Childhoods website is divided into two main sections:
- Practical ideas about providing time, space and stuff to play with
- Top tips, ‘how to’ guides and ideas for children’s play
- Information on raising awareness about the importance of play
- A blog featuring regular guest articles and up-to-date information about children’s play.
- Guidance about planning a community play area
- Examples of playful communities and projects
- Links to information on play opportunities available in every local authority in Wales
Tiny Happy People
Tiny Happy People is a website packed full of information to help you develop your child’s language and communication skills, so they get the best start in life.
Playing Out Sessions
A playing out event is a play session led by neighbours for neighbours and only publicised within the immediate streets. A residential road is closed to traffic to ensure safety and freedom of movement for participants, with volunteer stewards at each road closure point to redirect traffic and give parents peace of mind.
Parents and carers are responsible for their own children. The emphasis is on free, unstructured play and people usually bring out their own toys such as skipping ropes, bikes and scooters. Children are simply given the space and permission to play in the street, whilst adults have the opportunity to meet and get to know their neighbours better and experience a car-free street.
For more information visit the playing out website https://playingout.net/ or click the link below:
Playful ideas for family walks
An excellent way of getting children more active is allowing them plenty of time and space for play. Playing is essential for children’s health and well being. Why not include some fun and playful games during your next family walk that will get the children more active and make it an enjoyable experience for everyone.
Download the Playful Walks booklet for some ideas: playful walks guide