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City to celebrate National Play Day online

Swansea will be celebrating National Play Day next month although this year's event will be a little different.

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Usually hundreds of families gather at the National Waterfront Museum for a day free activities including storytelling, music, games, the ever popular Swansea Play Service - Play on Wheels Play Bus, Pirate ship and face painting.

Sadly this year it will not be possible due to coronavirus restrictions but Swansea Council's Play Service is taking the fun online on Wednesday August 5.

Staff are working with partners to create a packed programme of interactive fun and videos will be released throughout the day on the Swansea Play on Wheels Facebook page.

For those looking for ideas ahead of National Play Day head over to www.Playday.org.uk for some resource templates as well as https://www.playwales.org.uk/eng/news/1373-playday%e2%80%94best-play-ideas-and-games to help the Children's Commissioner for Wales  create an e-book of children's favourite ideas.

Cllr Elliott King, Swansea Council's Cabinet Member for Children's Services (Early Years), said: "National Play Day is one of the highlights of the summer holidays in Swansea and although we won't be able to gather as usual at the Waterfront Museum I'm pleased that we will still be celebrating the day online in Swansea.

"Play is so important to a child's development as it is how children make sense of the world around them - how they learn about themselves and what they are capable of, their place in society, success and failure and how they learn to take and manage personal risk.

"Significantly, a lack of play opportunities has been shown to have a massively detrimental impact in terms of development and social skills.

"The current restrictions on us all has I'm sure increased pressures on children's opportunities to play so it has never been more important to support and celebrate every child's right to play."

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