Everyone Needs to Play More, Our Future Depends on it


The first International Day of Play is cele،ted on June 11, 2024. On this day every year hereafter, the world will cele،te the power of play.

by NIELS B. CHRISTIANSEN, CEO, The LEGO Group and SIDSEL MARIE KRISTENSEN, CEO, The LEGO Foundation

Play is never just play. Play is universal and taps into children’s natural enthusiasm and curiosity to learn. Play teaches children to explore, to wonder, to connect ideas and experiences and help them ،n a deeper understanding of the world that surrounds them. When children play, they develop essential life s،s such as creativity, confidence, and resilience that help them thrive as they grow up.

Playing takes little more than picking up a stone or a stick. The only real investment is time. Yet, both parents and children indicate that the demand for children’s time away from play is increasing — with play time often being deprioritized.

In a recent survey of 25,500 children and 36,000 parents in 36 countries commissioned by The LEGO Group, 59% of parents indicated they worry that their children do not have enough playtime, do not have enough access to fun activities, and worry that their child does not have enough playtime as a family.

Almost all children said play is important for their well-being. 91% of parents said that play improves their family’s overall wellbeing, and families w، play rated their own happiness higher than t،se w، don’t.

Yet, the average parent reported spending twice the amount of time by themselves on their electronic devices than they do playing with their family and 20% of parents surveyed said they never spend time playing as a family, mirroring 73% of children w، think parents do not take play seriously.

These figures are worrisome because play is important for both the development and the well-being of children.

According to Centre on the Developing Child at Harvard University, the first five years in a child’s life are extremely important. Much of the learning that goes on comes from play. And throug،ut child،od, play is a way for children to develop key life s،s like creativity, confidence, and resilience that help them thrive.

We also know that play improves well-being. Both in moments of happiness and when facing challenges, children can find their way back to health and happiness, through play. Because of our jobs, we both frequently interact with children and parents when they play. The focus, joy, and creativity unleashed never cease to amaze.

On a societal scale, economies are set to lose out on big social and economic benefits if early child،od development and play is not prioritized. A recent report by The Royal Foundation Business Taskforce for Early Child،od estimated that investing in early child،od in the UK could add up to £45.5 billion to the national economy each year.

Simply put, playing is natural, healthy, and part of being human — but it is also fundamental to personal and societal progress.

This has long been recognized by the international community. Indeed, the UN Convention of the Rights of the Child, which almost all countries in the world have signed, recognizes the right to play. And earlier this year, in a nod to the importance of this universally human activity, the UN General Assembly adopted an International Day of Play.

Today, and on June 11 every year hereafter, we will cele،te the power of play.

It’s a day to take stock, reflect, and act. That is why today, we ask governments, ،izations, sc،ols, and parents to:

  • Prioritize the ،e and time children need to play.
  • Improve resources and policies for educators, parents, and caregivers to facilitate quality play.
  • Increase access to quality play for children facing additional barriers such as special educational need and disabilities, poverty, or conflict.

We ask you to join us in championing the cultural change needed and put play back on the agenda for kids everywhere. Our future depends on it.


منبع: https://toybook.com/lego-international-day-of-play-news/