Definition and benefits of Play
It is usually highly active with elements of challenge and risk that test boundaries in an imaginative way. Play allows tamariki the space to practice, learn and develop the skills they need to be active for life including fundamental movement skills, self-directed creativity adn innovation, social and emotional connections, resilience, independence, leadership and informed risk taking.
Children have the right to play and this is encapsulated in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child -Article 31: “That every child has the right to rest and leisure to engage in play and recreational activities appropriate to the age of the child and to participate freely in cultural life and the arts”.
Whitney Le Comte
16 types of play resources
Denise McLean started REPLAY recycled sports gear in 2017. Orginally started from clearing out her garage it produced a large amount of sport gear no longer used. This was the start of REPLAY and now nearly 5 years later, over 19,000 pieces of sports equipment consisting of balls, boots, bats, sticks, etc have been received throughout Manawatū, Whanganui, Rangitikei, Taranaki and Hawke’s Bay regions.
Jacob Oram is an immensenly talented former New Zealand international cricketer, who played all forms of the game for 10 years. He also has a successful career in coaching as the White Ferns assistant coach and also as a cricket commentator and host for Sky Television.