Top tips on making sure children benefit from play

Friday June 29th 2018

Play Midlothian

Kayden McGeachy and Sophie Anderson with the postcards.

Top tips on fun activities for Midlothian children as well as the learning, social and health benefits of play are highlighted in a new campaign by charity Play Midlothian and Midlothian Council.

Local parents and carers should watch out for free postcards and social media GIFS, featuring Burnbrae Primary pupils, about the importance of play.

Development manager with Play Midlothian Susan McIntyre said:

“Play is often lots of fun, but that’s not all there is to it. Play has all sorts of benefits for children, including some that are quite unique to playing, such as inventing your own ideas. We’re really excited about this campaign and hope everyone who sees the social media GIFS can help us get word out there by sharing them.”

Midlothian Council’s cabinet member for education, Councillor Jim Muirhead said:

“Play is vital to a child’s learning and development.

“Climbing a tree with a pal, guessing the weight of a rock, discovering crabs hiding in sand are not just fun – they can impact on your health, education and wellbeing throughout your life.

“Here in Midlothian, we believe that playing is a fundamental right, a right we have incorporated into our Midlothian play strategy.

“I’d encourage as many parents and carers to visit the website to find out more, not just about the strategy but also about inexpensive activities that any child would love to do, especially with the summer holidays approaching.”

King’s Park Primary P4 pupils, Kayden McGeachy, 9, and Sophie Anderson, 8, were delighted to help with the launch.

Kayden said he loves building a den either outside or inside, depending on the weather, while Sophie is a keen cyclist.

Kayden said: “Playing outside is my favourite thing.”

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