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Council backing: Belfast Lord Mayor Kate Nichol with Oisin Fitzgerald and Jessica Canavan at North Queen Street Playcentre

Council backing: Belfast Lord Mayor Kate Nichol with Oisin Fitzgerald and Jessica Canavan at North Queen Street Playcentre

Council backing: Belfast Lord Mayor Kate Nichol with Oisin Fitzgerald and Jessica Canavan at North Queen Street Playcentre

Belfast Lord Mayor Kate Nicholl has tapped into her artistic side with some colourful chalk drawings ahead of National Play Day on August 4.

This theme this year is ‘summer of play’, with the day celebrating children’s right to play following a difficult 18 months of Covid restrictions.

Statistics show that lockdown saw active play drop from 53.2% to 31.4% across Belfast. Social play dropped from 58.9% to 31.4% and there was an increase in the use of technology-based play from 33% to 55%.

With restrictions easing and the summer weather setting in, children have returned to active outdoor play once again.

Ms Nicholl said: “Play is so important for the development of our children. It builds confidence and social skills and is a great way to allow children to express themselves.”

“The pandemic has challenged us all, but this National Play Day, I’m encouraging everyone to get out and celebrate a summer of play.”

Belfast City Council is supporting National Play Day by encouraging young people to get creative.

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On Wednesday, August 4, boxes of chalk will be placed in playgrounds and parks across the city, allowing children to explore their creative side and add some colour to open spaces.

For more information, visit www.belfastcity.gov.uk/events/national-play-day


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