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The UN's first-ever International Day of Play will be held on June 11, 2024, and it's being hailed as a way to raise awareness of the importance of play in a changing world.

A press release explains that play "fosters resilience, creativity, and innovation in individuals" and "helps children develop the cognitive, physical, creative, social, and emotional skills they need to thrive in a rapidly changing world."

It adds that play "helps children develop the cognitive, physical, creative, social, and emotional skills they need to thrive in a rapidly changing world" and "restricting opportunities for play directly impedes a child's well-being and development."

Here's what you need to know about the International Day of Play: It's being hailed as a "call for policies, training, and funding to get play integrated into education and community settings worldwide," as the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child declares play to be a "fundamental right" of every child under the age of 18, per a press release.

The Los Angeles Times takes a look at some of the ways play is being celebrated around the world on the International Day of Play, including at the UN's headquarters in New York City, where a

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