General Comment No. 7

Indicator Set 16: Play, Leisure and Rest Opportunities for Young Children

Play is defined as an activity that diverts or amuses or stimulates the mind. It can be structured or unstructured, solitary or in a group, for education and/or for fun. Young children need opportunities to explore their world, to play, and to learn through playing. Evidence shows that play, both alone and in a group, is important in early child development. General Comment No. 7 para. 34 addresses the shortage of opportunities for creative and challenging play in homes and communities (for example, in urban environments, or for young girls overburdened with domestic obligations). This indicator is intended to assess progress under obligations laid down in article 31 of the Convention on the Rights of the Child. It raises questions about young children