Children to get lessons in playing

Bureaucratic crazy councils are to issue school children with instructions of how to play in the playground.

As millions of children go back to school, councils are been given a list of 10 traditional playground games for teachers to suggest they play at breaks and lunchtime.

It is hoped the list, which includes Hopscotch, British Bulldog and Tag, will help combat child obesity and remind teachers and parents the importance of children being physically active.

The Local Government Association, which issued the list and represents more than 400 councils in England and Wales says parents and teachers should promote the traditional games.

Cllr Les Lawrence from the LGA said: "Playground habits are bound to change with time, but it would be a shame if more active games were to die out to be replaced by children playing on computers or huddled together in front of a screen."
He added that parents and teachers should stop worrying about getting sued and defy the compensation culture by encouraging children play.

"Children benefit from physical activity and even some rough and tumble. 

"We do our youngsters no favours by wrapping them up in cotton-wool, which can prevent them from developing a whole range of skills many of which they’ll need in their adult life. 

"It's time to take a stand against many aspects of the compensation culture and accept there are going to be a few scratches and grazed knees because that’s part of growing up.

The games on the list are:
  • British Bulldog
  • Tag
  • Stuck in the Mud
  • Oranges and Lemons
  • What’s the Time, Mr Wolf?
  • Hopscotch
  • Skipping
  • French elastic
  • Marbles
  • Hide and Seek

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