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The Importance of Play

Why is play so important?

In these uncertain times it is important to remember that children still want and need to play. Play and playing continues to be an essential aspect of children’s lives. According to the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child (2013) opportunities for play have a significant role in helping children recover a sense of normality and joy after their experience of loss, dislocation and trauma.


Remember, play and playing provides valuable coping and learning opportunities for children. As children work through their emotions and feelings at this difficult time, play will help them deal with uncertainty, help them relax and importantly allow them to have fun.

To support families through this challenging time, Great Ormond Street Hospital’s (GOSH) Play team has assembled a treasure trove of advice, games and articles to help children and young people cope with today’s uncertainties