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Come Den With Me - A Campaign to Get Out and Play

19/07/2012
​In the lead up to the National Playday 2012 children from across Glasgow are being asked to put their creativity skills to the test and build a den! Children, families, groups and organisations are being encouraged to take part in the ‘Come Den With Me’ competition and send a picture of their handmade den to Glasgow Life via the ‘Come Den With Me’ facebook app on our Parent Zone Facebook page. The winner will be decided by a public vote and the winner will receive £100 worth of shopping vouchers to buy lots of outdoor clothes and toys.
The ‘Come Den With Me’ competition is taking place in the lead up to the 25th annual National Playday which is on Wednesday 1 August 2012.  This year’s theme is Get out and play! and builds on Glasgow’s commitment to encouraging and supporting outdoor play opportunities.  To encourage everyone to take part, Glasgow Life has produced a Den Building Factsheet with tips and hints on how to construct the perfect space, big or small.  The factsheet is available to download at http://weegridmag.co.uk/stories/show/77.
Taking inspiration from a well known TV show, this morning (Tuesday 17 July) kids from the Jeely Piece Club in Castlemilk got to work building an array of dens made out of whatever they could get their hands on and made the best use of their wooded environment. The children got together to make the dens and then invited each other to ‘come den’ where they marked each other’s construction and their hospitality skills.  With a little help from staff at the Jeely and Playworkers from Glasgow Life the kids enjoyed a fun session with soup and hot chocolate on the menu.
The outdoor activities at the Jeely Piece club are a taster of the exciting activities that will be happening throughout Glasgow on Wednesday 1 August for Playday 2012. Glasgow Life has got together with local groups to ensure that there is a programme of outdoor play activities right across the city. The Jeely Piece club is one of three charities receiving investment from Inspiring Scotland through their Go2Play fund.  PEEK (Possibilities East End Kids) and Playbusters, along with the Jeely Piece Club, are also receiving investment and support to expand play ranger activities across the city giving more children the opportunity to experience and develop free play. The Go2Play fund is being delivered by Inspiring Scotland in partnership with the Scottish Government.
Archie Graham, Chair of Glasgow Life, said: “It is so important for young people to experience play and enjoy what the outdoors has to offer. Our vision is for all children to have the opportunity to develop through play and celebrations like the ones taking place for Play Day demonstrate our commitment to this.” 
Aileen Campbell MSP, Minister for Children and Young People said: "Playing outdoors is a great thing for children. It provides exercise, fosters creativity, develops social skills and allows children to explore their environment and interact with nature.
"It’s something I like to do with my own wee boy and I’m sure many children and parents across Scotland will celebrate National Play Day by enjoying some good, old, healthy outdoor fun.’
Andrew Muirhead, Chief Executive of Inspiring Scotland said: “It is great that ‘Come Den with Me’ helps to show that play doesn’t have to involve costly toys and equipment.  Through our Go2Play Fund we will be supporting three organisations in Glasgow to provide even more opportunities for the children of Glasgow to get outside, have fun and play.” 
For further information on the events taking place that day please go to: www.playday.org.uk
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