Blog Playful Childhoods blog Autumn play - let's go outside! We are launching Project Play Autumn in response to a vital need for children to get playing outside and away from screens during the colder months. Emotional and physical health are so important for a child’s happiness and development and lay the foundations for the future. Playful Childhoods advocates all forms of play, whether it be at home, at school or in the community, and believes more can be done to provide safe, inclusive play in a positive social environment to all children at any time of year. Recognising this importance and a need to spread awareness both to schools and the community, we have launched Project Play Autumn to encourage everyone across Wales to bring back play time and get children away from screens. The autumn and winter months are a perfect time to get out and explore with children. There’s so much fun to be had, be it playing conkers, splashing in puddles, building a den or going on a scavenger hunt. A bit of background A recent study involving children from 56 primary schools across Wales found that 1 in 4 children are deprived of afternoon play time and are missing out on the vital physical and social benefits of play. How can I get involved? We want to see what you do to get your children playing outside. Tag us on social media – Facebook, Instagram and Twitter – and use #ProjectPlay so we can share! Our website is full of useful and practical and tips and ideas to encourage your children to get outside, play and explore this autumn – from everyday play adventures, to top tips for playing with the elements, to 30 ideas for play.