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The right to play

Every child has a right to leisure, play, and participation in cultural and artistic activities

The numerous benefits of play:

  • Being physically active, including both gross and fine motor skills

  • Building imagination and be creative

  • Building friendships

  • Learning various social skills such as communication, negotiation, turn taking, rules/boundaries, co-operation

  • Learning risk management strategies

  • Becoming more resilient

  • Enhancing learning

  • Having fun!


Play can happen in so many different places; on the playground, in nature, in the backyard, on the soccer field, but it is important to create spaces where play can happen in safe, challenging and interactive ways. 

Article 31 of the U.N. Convention on the Rights of the Child

The Active Spaces Network

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