The 4th World Play Day in Turkey

IV. World Play Day

“We Play Everywhere, Every Place” 08-12 May 2013

“IV. World Play Day /Turkey” was celebrated extensionally five days with a lot of activities in Marmara University’s Göztepe Campus Atatürk Faculty of Education, Primary Education Department, between 08-12 May 2013. “IV. World Play Day/ Turkey” was organised by Assist. Prof. Dr. Işık Kamaraj who is a member of Marmara University, Atatürk Faculty of Education, Department of Early Childhood Education in the Primary Education Department. Celebrations were made by 39 attendant students from Marmara University of Preschool Education Division. Celebrations started in 08 May, with a panel named “IV. World Play Day” which was held by the partnership of Marmara University and Italian Cultural Centre. Celebrations continued in different places afterwards: Kadıköy Selamiçeşme Freedom Park, Göztepe/ Marmara University Göztepe Campus, Göztepe/ Istanbul Toy Museum, Ataşehir/ Nezahat Gökyiğit Arboretrum. Then celebrations continued with a parade in which, Işıl Kamaraj from Marmara University Communication Coordinatorship, and 39 attendant students from Preschool Education Division, participated. Then the activities ended with a closing ceremony.

The Fourth World Play Day activities program downloaded from here as pdf.


IV. World Play Day Message – 2013

World Play Day’s opinion leader and founder is Freda Kim from South Korea.World Play Day is celebrated with a lot of activities, in every 28 May in the whole world. The event identified as a daily, can be celebrated as activites take a week in some countries. Like children, young people, parents, grandparents, teachers, disabled persons, people of all ages participate these activities and re-discover the “power of play”. It has being worked for the recognition of this day officially by United Nations. Our efforts to make the World Play Day, which we organised the first “World Play Day/ Turkey” in our university in 2010, have been continuing. Our event’s first theme was ‘’We Are Walking for Play’’ in 28 May 2010, the second theme was “Our Traditional Games and Toys (Eyüp Toys)” in 25-26 May 2011 and the third theme was “Outdoor Games and Game Places” this year we have identified the theme as “We Play Everywhere, Every Place” and we have started the works. Celebrating the day through five days, in different places like Marmara University Göztepe Campus, Istanbul Toy Museum, Freedom Park which belongs to Kadıköy Municipality, Nezahat Gökyiğit Arboretrum, Italian Culture Centre, gives us an opportunity and happines to realize one of our aims. If you want to take part in the “IV. World Play Day”, revive the child inside you and to celebrate this day with us and the whole world, we are waiting for you between 08-12 May 2013 to our event. For further information: . With the hope of celebrating the fifth one in the following year with more extensive activities and continuing to play until that day.

Happy 28 May World Play Day!

“We do not stop playing because we grow old, we grow old because we stop playing!”

Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790) George Bernard Shaw (Newsletter, 2011, p.15).

IV.Turkey World Play Day Coordinator: Assist. Prof. Dr. Işık Kamaraj

Marmara University, Atatürk Faculty of Education Primary Education Department, Department of Early Childhood Education Göztepe Campus/ Istanbul/Turkey

Emotions and Thoughts in 2013

  1. We too have fun with the games children play. We saw and experienced that. Thank you.
  2. I had so much fun. I wish we could do it every day.
  3. Today was a good day. We are pleased that we participated in this activity. We are happy that we met some other kids. Thank you for inviting us.
  4. I had fun, I am happy.
  5. I was excited and had fun.
  6. Everything is perfect. We are happy that we took part in this activity. Thank you for sharing this nice day.
  7. It was an amazing day. Thank you for your efforts. Lots of activities were done in terms of development of creativity of children and their meeting with each other. As parents, we also had fun. Thank you.