Imagination was given a free rein when Carrickfergus Borough Council hosted its first family ‘Out to Play’ session in Shaftesbury Park.
Facilitated by the council’s Parks and Countryside Section and Play Board NI, last Wednesday’s event encouraged children to play in whatever way they wanted – there were no rules. Materials were provided to build dens, paint, draw, play with sand and water and for dressing up.
Alison Diver, Natural Communities Outreach officer with council, said: “We also provided hula hoops, skipping ropes, balls, beanbags and more. It was fantastic to see the children – and adults - enjoying themselves in different ways. Some amazing dens and swings were constructed and the children simply enjoyed the permission to run a little wild for an hour.
“This type of free, unstructured play is extremely important for children. Research is increasingly showing that as children’s brains grow dramatically and move rapidly from one developmental stage to the next, play is central to their growth and development.
“Last year we published our play strategy for the borough and the ‘Children’s Charter’ which set out our ten pledges to the children and young people of Carrickfergus Borough and how Carrickfergus Borough Council will achieve those pledges.”
For more on ‘Out to Play’ telephone 9335 8000 or email email@example.com