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Children’s right to play storybook launched


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Today we are launching a new storybook about children’s right to play. Play Wales has worked with a storyteller, cartoonist, children and parents at Mount Stuart Primary School in Cardiff to write Fun in the dungeon.

The book is for children and parents, empowering children to be advocates as right bearers and parents to advocate for local play. The storyteller supported a group of children and parents through a series of workshops, identifying issues and celebrations regarding play. Through the workshops, words and images were created to tell the story, with children providing inspiring drawings of playful images which helped our cartoonist to bring the story to life.  

The storybook will also be a useful resource for professionals to support their work with children and families. 

The shared experience of the group of children and parents created a powerful story, which tells of a spiteful queen who punished children and families for playing. Soon, her large dungeons were full of children of all ages. Left with only bed sheets, sticks and some stones, the children become resourceful and sounds of joyful playing emerge from the dungeons. This prompts the queen to disguise herself and investigate what is happening in the dungeons. She soon has a change in mind and heart about play and vows to make it easier for children to play in her kingdom.

Fun in the dungeon will be distributed in Wales over the coming months – keep an eye for it in your local library or health centre.

How can I get a copy of Fun in the dungeon?

If you would like a free copy of the book you must: 

  1. Be working or living in Wales 
  2. Sign up to our mailing list
  3. Provide your details, including a postal address, by email  


Please note: a limited number of copies are available for distribution. 

Funding from the National Lottery Awards for All programme enabled Play Wales to engage Petra Publishing, an established community-based publisher, to help us to develop and publish the storybook.