Storytime with Chilliwack Mayor Sharon Gaetz at city hall at 2 p.m. is one of the activities of National Child Day on Nov. 21. (Paul Henderson/ Progress File)

National Child Day celebrated in Chilliwack

‘Let’s Play and Celebrate National Child Day’ event at Chilliwack City Hall on Nov. 21, at 2 p.m.

Play is considered an essential tool as it helps build resiliency.

Everyone is invited to the ‘Let’s Play and Celebrate National Child Day’ at Chilliwack City Hall on November 21, at 2 p.m.

Giveaways, cake, and storytime with Mayor Sharon Gaetz, are part of the excitement brought by the Chilliwack Early Years Committee, which is hosting monthly Let’s Play events.

National Child Day is a great day to mark the work of the CCYC.

“The Early Years Committee is celebrating 20 years of being part of the Chilliwack Child and Youth Committee, a partnership of the government and not-for-profit agencies that serve children, youth and their families, said Karen Steegstra, Child and Youth community coordinator.

The vision of the committee is to “ensure children reach their full developmental potential,” and play is an essential tool when it comes to healthy child development.

“Play helps to build resiliency and the social and emotional skills needed to be successful into adulthood,” Steegstra said.

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Young children learn the most when engaged in play, according to the studies. While playing, children learn to cooperate, follow rules, develop self-control and generally get along with other people; skills that serve them well as they move through life. Unscheduled unsupervised play allows children to use their creativity while developing their imagination. Outdoor play allows children to learn reflexes and movement control, developing fine and gross motor skills.

Adults also benefit from play with increased creativity and the reduction of stress and anxiety. Play time between parents and children is a great opportunity for parents to fully engage and bond with their children.

To learn about other upcoming “Let’s Play” events go to childandyouth.com or like us, Chilliwack Child and Youth Committee, on Facebook.


 

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