SNAPSHOT: Kids play

Children gathered to make a giant daisy chain last week in Barnard Park Adventure Playground in north London as a protest against boring playgrounds. The event was staged mark the 15th annual National Playday and follows research commissioned by the Children's Society and Children's Play Council, which uncovered a growing culture of caution in parks and playgrounds. This has led to traditional childhood games such as daisy chain making, handstands and yo-yos being stopped in public places. Penny Dean, director of children and young people at the Children's Society, said: "Where there are bans or equipment removed, we want adults to question whether this is necessary. Children must be allowed to take risks in safe and well-managed places.

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