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New Scottish Campaign Says Children Playing Outdoors Learn Risk, Creativity and Teamwork

New Scottish Campaign Says Children Playing Outdoors Learn Risk, Creativity and Teamwork
Children must be encouraged to "build dens and climb trees" as part of a healthy growing up process, according to a new campaign promoting the benefits of outdoor play.

The year-long 'Away and Play' drive will highlight how unstructured play promotes youngsters' health and teaches them about risk-taking, creative thinking and teamwork.

A letter signed by leaders of Scotland's health, education and natural heritage bodies, backing the campaign, states: “If we are to grow and develop as a healthy and happy society, as well nurture the next generation of creative and innovative thinkers that will power our economy in the future, it is vital that children are encouraged to play outside – to build dens, to climb trees, to be free to turn a stick in to a magic wand and create their own world to play in.”
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