Wilton Youth Council’s Wilton Free Play Task Force has worked for three years to educate, inspire and support parents, schools and community on the importance of play and help facilitate more opportunities for kids to do so. We never imagined that play would become more important than when we started.
Play is a refuge for children, an opportunity to process the world around them. It provides them both with a mental and a physical break. This school year, with kids sitting at their desks with masks on and movements very controlled due to safety restrictions, recess is the best opportunity to be free of a mask, run and move. It is also the best opportunity to find joy and connection with their peers — all possible whilst maintaining a safe six-foot distance. As parents we need to do everything in our power to protect the sanctity of recess.