The team at Creative Play have been blown away by the response to our playground competition. We launched this campaign to say thank you to schools for stepping up and looking after vulnerable children and those of key workers. We wanted to give children something to look forward when the world returns to some form of normality and in the meantime, it provided educational, fun and enjoyable activities for children to complete at home and in school.
We thought a few hundred schools might take part at the most, however the response has been great and really shows how people value outdoor play, fun, being with friends and shouting about their school!
We launched the competition in mid-March with entries required by the beginning of May. During this time 1,600 schools took part in the competition, whilst an additional 3,500 parents and children took part via our home learning resources. Thank you to everyone who took part.
In early May we whittled down the entries to the final three. This was a hugely difficult task as the quality of entry was superb, it was great to see children’s imaginations run wild and an important lesson for us adults as to what children really think is important in their playground. The overwhelming message was about playing with friends – social play is something that has been missing from our lives for some time now and unfortunately it looks set to carry on for a little while longer, but we must remember the value of being with friends and outdoor activity when we return.
The final three schools have been amazing in gathering support for their cause! The competition has been promoted by local and national news, celebrities, sports personalities, Mayors, Members of Parliament and many more. Schools have created some amazing campaign videos and the children have really got behind the competition. Let us hope we have raised the profile of outdoor play in schools and how important it is to children’s mental and physical wellbeing, perhaps in the future more funding will be made available for this critical resource.