Playing with nature, mud and getting dirty

Who can remember being outdoors building dens, climbing trees, making perfumes from leaves and flowers or playing with mud, stones or water? These types of childhood outdoor play experiences have been declining over time and children today are therefore having much less contact with the natural world.

The first EITP  Playmatters play briefing sheet for 2019 Playing with nature, mud and getting dirty’ aims to help parents consider the importance of letting children have contact with the natural world including their exposure to bacteria and germs and indeed, playing with mud, making a mess and getting dirty!

Please do circulate our Play Matters materials as widely as possible, especially amongst parents (including on social media #playmatters)

Play for Parents

PlayBoard NI are holding Play Awareness sessions for parents and carers.

This half-day Play Awareness session will strengthen parents understanding of play and its importance to the growth and development of their children. They will also gain practical ideas which they can incorporate into their homes or local community to enhance opportunities for play.

The session aims to help parents:
Better understand the importance of play for children and young people’s holistic health and well being.

Explore how play facilitates attachment and builds relationships between children and parents.

Have a greater understanding of the range of play types, their importance in terms of supporting growth and development; and how children and a variety of play types can be supported within home/community settings.

Explore the role of the adult parent/carer in the play process and how parents can best facilitate play in a way that meets their child’s needs.

Understand the importance of risk and challenge for the development of resilience, independence and life skills.

Gain practical play ideas that can be applied within the home and/or local community to enhance opportunities for play.

For more information view the flyer here.

These sessions are expected to fill quickly and early booking is advised to avoid disappointment.

To discuss your booking requirements or to book a space please contact Karen Witherspoon at 90 803380 or at karen.witherspoon@playboard.co.uk.

 

 

Fun with the Winter Elements

Winter is here and it’s getting colder and darker – but it’s still a great time for getting
children of all ages outdoors. We just need to EMBRACE the weather!

Have a playful and positive attitude towards the winter season; show your children that
winter can be fun. Try to model ways to be playful.

Stamp your feet on ice patches or in puddles, have a snowball fight, play in the rain, make snow angels or snowmen! Take a breath of that cold winter air and remember that whatever you do outdoors you are supporting your children’s health, wellbeing and happiness.

View the flyer below for more play ideas.

Play & Challenge – Play Matters Briefing July 2018

The latest Play Matters briefing explores Play and Challenge. Children need the freedom to play how they choose and sometimes this includes taking risks and engaging in risky, challenging play. This briefing paper explores how we, as adults, can support children to test themselves and stretch their limits through play.

Please click on link below to download the latest Play Matters Briefing:

Play & Challenge – Play Matters Briefing July 2018

Play Matters – EITP Project

The Children and Young People’s Strategy Team within the Department of Education is taking forward a Play and Leisure project entitled Play Matters which is funded through the Delivering Social Change – Early Intervention Transformation Programme (EITP).

As part of the project’s play campaign they plan to promote key play messages through social media platforms and are asking you to support the project by taking the time to read and share their play messages through your own networks, forums and social media outlets. You can follow Play Matters on twitter at @Education_NI  #playmatters

If you would like more information or would like to hear more detail on the full Play and Leisure project (including Play Shaper and Play for Parents programmes) please contact Angela Stallard at angela.stallard@education-ni.gov.uk or Pamela Baxter at pamela.baxter@education-ni.gov.uk or call 028 91279203.

For more information please click on the link below:

Play Matters Campaign Release

Play Matters Leaflet