Today, in the run up to Universal Children’s Day 2016 (20 November) we are launching our #PlayShapes campaign to raise awareness of the importance of play in childhood for every child.
- #PlayShapes – It develops social skills!
- Support the Right to Play this #ChildrensDay
As the Little Prince said: “all grown-ups were children first”. Every day, adults use the skills and experiences they develop during play in childhood. Including when they are European Leaders.
In addition, Play has been proven to have countless benefits for children’s development, health and well-being. This ranges from fostering empathy, enhancing concentration, building emotional intelligence to creating a sense of curiosity, developing social skills and boosting physical activity. Unfortunately, the importance of play is often overlooked and it is considered a luxury. Children are often not given the time, space or permission to enjoy play.
Through the #PlayShapes campaign, we want to remind people that every child has the right to play and that play is essential in children’s development, health and well-being.
Supporters can show their support for a child’s right to play by signing up to the Thunderclap and by sharing, reposting and liking the campaign visuals and messages on their social media streams. Have a look at them at our Play Shapes section or in our twitter.
If you have any questions about our campaign please contact us.