Playday is an annual UK celebration of children's right to play, that always falls on the first Wednesday in August. Each year there is a theme that highlights a particular issue or aspect of children's play.
At Play Wales we see Playday as an opportunity to raise awareness of the importance of children's play and the need for quality play provision every day of the year in all areas of Wales. On previous Playdays we have given radio and television interviews and supplied copy to newspapers and periodicals.
Playday 2021 will take place on Wednesday 4 August.
Give children a Summer of Play
Today, thousands of children and their families are playing in communities and at local events across Wales and the rest of the UK, celebrating Playday – the national day for play.
Over the past year and a half, children have faced challenges and uncertainty – and now they need to enjoy time for play free of restrictions, with their friends, having fun. Recognising the importance of children’s play and supporting children’s right to play, on Playday and every day, is more important than ever.
Whilst Playday is the national day for play in the UK, this year we are encouraging families and communities to help children enjoy a Summer of Play. We are calling on families and communities across Wales to give children plenty of opportunities to play and have fun outdoors with their friends today and throughout the summer.
Playing is essential for children’s physical and mental health and well-being. It helps children cope with stress and anxiety and fosters resilience, enabling children to better deal with challenges. Playing is fundamental to children’s happiness, and happy children lead to happier communities.
Mike Greenaway, Director of Play Wales said:
‘This year’s Playday may be different to the previous years, but children and teenagers still want and need the chance and freedom to play. As a society, in a time of crisis, we need more than ever, to recognise and value that every child has a right to play – on Playday and every day of the year. Join us today and throughout the school holidays to give children a Summer of Play. The more voices that call together with us to uphold children’s right to play, the louder and stronger our message will be.
In one of Wales’ biggest treasure hunts we, along with our partners, have hidden 3000 storybook packs across the country to encourage children and their families to go outside to play and have fun in their community. Check our social media pages for more information and for clues on where to find the treasure!’
Storybook Treasure Hunt
To celebrate Playday, Play Wales is working with partners across Wales to share 3000 free storybook packs with children and their families. The packs also include some playful resources to help give children a Summer of Play. Our partners have been busy hiding the storybook packs in their communities, for the children and families they work with to find on Playday.
Throughout the day, organisations, councils and play teams will be sharing clues on their social media about where to find the storybook packs locally. Some clues will also be shared on Play Wales and Playful Childhoods social media.
Thank you to all our partners – we couldn't have made the Storybook Treasure Hunt happen without you.
Playday 2021 resources
Making community events playful
An information to support communities to make their local events more playful for children and teenagers. It offers ideas for creating a playful experience and simple low-cost play ideas.
Top tips for celebrating Playday
A list of top tips to help settings working with children to celebrate Playday. It offers practical tips for giving children time, space and permission to play.
Playday 2021 theme
The theme for this year’s Playday is ... Summer of Play.
The Playday 2021 theme recognises the challenges children and young people have faced over the past year and the need to enjoy time for play free of restrictions, with their friends, having fun.
Whilst Playday is the national day for play in the UK, this year we are encouraging families, carers, and communities to help children enjoy a Summer of Play.
- Playing is essential for children’s mental health and well-being.
- Playing helps children cope with stress and anxiety and fosters resilience, enabling children to better deal with challenges.
- Playing gives children the opportunity to have fun, laugh, take time out, relax, and build friendships.
- Playing outside allows children to appreciate nature, the environment, and feel part of their community.
- Playing is fundamental to children’s happiness, and happy children lead to happier communities.
We are looking forward to hearing about the creative ways you plan to celebrate a Summer of Play and Playday in your community.
You can get involved in Playday by:
- Spreading the word about the campaign – post it, Tweet it, Blog it! Help spread the word far and wide about children's right and need to play – #Playday2021 | #SummerOfPlay.
- Follow us on social media – Facebook and Twitter.
- Becoming an official Playday supporter – if your organisation is passionate about children's play, why not become an official Playday 2021 campaign supporter?