Play­group week cel­e­bra­tions

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FUN: Skye Muscat-Fur­nell with Jonty Fur­nell, 7 mths and Sa­man­tha Dwer with Is­abelle Davies, 7mths were all smiles at the ‘‘ World’s Big­gest Play­group’’ at River­way Arts Cen­tre THERE is Fa­ther’s Day for dads and Mother’s Day for mums but chil­dren cur­rently rule the roost as fam­i­lies cel­e­brate Na­tional Play­group Week.

T h o u s a n d s o f Que e n s l a n d par­ents, ba­bies and chil­dren are let­ting their imag­i­na­tions run wild and get­ting their cre­ative juices flow­ing to cel­e­brate Na­tional Play­group Week, which wraps up to­mor­row.

Townsville’s main event, the ‘‘ World’s Big­gest Play­group’’, was held at River­way this week with al­most 500 chil­dren adults tak­ing part.

Play­group North Queens­land r e g i o nal c o - o r d i nat o r Tri s h Chad­wick said play­group was all about par­ents bond­ing with their child in ed­u­ca­tional play.

‘ ‘ Townsville has any­where from 35-40 groups reg­is­tered as play­groups and we try and sup­port any venue,’’ she said.

‘‘ Some­times they are held in a park and some­times they are in a home. ‘‘ We have all sorts of play with bub­bles and sand and

and a h u g e o b s t a c l e c o u r s e s . ’ ’

P l a y g r o u p C E O J e n n i f e r Mobbs said in­ter­na­tional re­search and par­ent un­der­stand­ing sup­ported play­group’s longheld be­lief that chil­dren learn more in their first five years of life than any other pe­riod.

‘‘ Play is fun­da­men­tal for chil­dren in es­tab­lish­ing their iden­tity, learn­ing new skills and emo­tions and play­group is great way of as­sist­ing chil­dren pre­pare for school" she said.

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