Leitrim County Childcare Committee (funded by the Department of Children and Youth Affairs and the HSE) in partnership with Leitrim County Council hosted a day of environmentally friendly games and activities for National Play Day on Sunday the 1st of July in Rossinver Organic Center.
National Play day aims to promote play in children lives and emphasizes the importance of play as part of children’s learning.
A host of activities took place on the day. Thirty nine parents/grandparents and sixty nine children took part in four workshop activities throughout the day. To start a scavenger hunt through the organic garden ensured children found all sorts of animals and plants, mud faces were made by all using wood, clay, moss and a variety of natural materials, outdoor games explored science concepts and a workshop on traditional Irish rush crafts was enjoyed by the children and adults who came away with butterfly cages, handmade rattles and baskets. To finish the fun filled day everyone took part in a samba drumming workshop with Itchy Feet drumming. The day was provided free of charge and was enjoyed by all who attended.
The chairperson of Leitrim County Childcare Committee Paschal Mooney welcomed all the families who attended the event and outlined that ‘the idea of play day is to celebrate play with children and its importance in family life’. He concluded by emphasizing that ‘parents have the greatest influence over children’s development and learning and much of this can be done through the forum of play’.