International charity Right To Play is encouraging schools and nurseries to host a day of play on 11 June


International charity Right To Play is encouraging schools and nurseries to host a day of play on 11 June 


Global development charity Right To Play is encouraging primary schools and nurseries across the country to celebrate the first-ever International Day of Play on 11 June 2024. 


The charity, which uses play to transform the lives of vulnerable children around the world, has created a pack with free resources, games and ideas for schools to host their own day of play. 


The first 100 UK schools to register with Right To Play will receive a free Mammoth Maths Game, donated to the charity by Orchard Toys, the leading British toy company and award-winning educational games and jigsaws brand for children. Participating schools will also be entered into a prize draw for the chance to win a bundle of Orchard Toys games and puzzles, or a school visit from an inspiring athlete. 


The inaugural International Day of Play will take place on 11 June, after it was officially adopted by the United Nations earlier this year. This new annual day dedicated to play will spotlight play on the global stage and highlight its vital importance for children’s learning, development and wellbeing. It will support Right To Play’s work to ensure that vulnerable children in some of the most difficult places on earth can access this fundamental right. 


Gillian McMahon, Executive Director of Right To Play UK, said: “Play is firmly embedded in the curriculum and in school life for children across the UK. But the sad reality is that many children around the world don’t have the opportunity to experience the joy and life-changing benefits of play. We hope that schools around the country will join us in highlighting the importance of play and can support our work to ensure that every child, no matter where they are, can claim this basic right.” 


Chloe Chambers, Senior Marketing Executive at Orchard Toys, says: “We’re proud to support the Right To Play’s initiative to engage schools in the first ever International Day of Play, and champion the right to play for children. Play is central to children’s learning and this is a wonderful opportunity for schools to get involved.”

As the global experts on play, Right To Play is an organisation that protects, educates and empowers millions of children every year to rise above adversity through play. The charity uses play-based learning and psychosocial support to help vulnerable children affected by war, disease, climate change, violence, poverty, inequality, prejudice and exploitation, across Africa, Asia and the Middle East. 


To register your school to host a celebration on International Day of Play, and to receive a free resources pack from Right To Play UK, please visit: