Play Australia, supported by Sport Australia, is proud to announce our council partners who have joined the 1000 Play Streets movement, to help Australians reclaim their local streets as places to come together with neighbours and play, in order to build more active, connected and ultimately happier communities.
Building cubbies, make-believe, dressing up - while it might just look like fun and games, play is actually crucial for your child's development. The problem is, as Australian kids spend more time at school, on their screens and in structured activities, they're not playing enough!
Maggie Dent talks with expert Robyn Monro Miller about why kids of all ages need to play more.
When it comes to children and play, mud is a beautiful thing.
If you think about it, mud is Mother Nature's original sensory play medium and it's been around since the dawn of mankind - way before parents ever thought about the notion of "sensory play"!).
This gloriously mucky yet versatile substance has been used worldwide by countless indigenous artists, as well as builders and construction experts. This continues to be the case even today.
By Robyn Monro Miller, President of the International Play Association
2018 marks the 5th anniversary of the adoption of the United Nations General Comment 17 on the right of the child to play. Today is World Play Day: it’s time to reflect on just how far we have gone in those five years.
"Adults in many communities are hearing the message about how important play is and embracing it"- Robyn Monro