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Research on Children’s Right to Play


The Canadian Coalition for the Rights of Children (CCRC) and International Right to Play Association – Canada co-produced a fact sheet on the Right to Play. The document explains why the right to play is important, barriers to free play, and priority areas in Canada.

The Conversation released two articles about the right to play. May’s article, Let them play! Kids need freedom from play restrictions to develop, explains that the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child recognizes play as every child’s basic right. Global studies, across generations, have confirmed outdoor children’s play has been declining, across all age groups, for decades. Providing more contact with nature can enhance children’s creativity, boost their mood, lower stress, improve well-being, promote physical activity and improve attention spans.

This week’s article, If in doubt, let them out — children have the right to play, includes new research from Statistics Canada’s Canadian Health Measures Survey reaffirming the dramatic decline in Canadian children’s fitness seen over the past 35 years — with only one-third of Canadian school-aged children meeting physical activity guidelines.