In times of crisis, play can be part of the healing process. The American Association for the Child's Right to Play (IPAUSA) in collaboration with the Unicef Emergency Task Force created the Play Activities for Children in Crisis document in 2007 and have recently updated the document to address the multiple incidents both on our border with migrant children and in response to the continued incidents of mass shootings and weather-related disasters in the United States.

Our hope is that you will use this resource when working with children in crisis, recognizing the value of providing environments, materials, and adult interactions that encourage and support child-initiated play.

Children in Crisis Play Activities and Recommendations 2019


The International Play Association (IPA) is an interdisciplinary non-governmental organization, providing an international forum and advocacy for the promotion of play opportunities.

IPA organizes regional and national conferences, workshops, symposia and study tours and holds a triennial World Congress. IPA also publishes a magazine, PlayRights, and produces publications and audiovisual material on aspects of play.

IPA offers advice to national governments and UN agencies on issues and problems related to the implementation of the Child's Right to Play.

IPA membership is open to any individual, group or organization which endorses the Declaration of the Child's Right to Play.

IPA has affiliate branches throughout the world. Members of IPA who reside within the United States are automatically enrolled in IPA/USA, which hosts conferences, publishes a quarterly e-journal, and sends a monthly newsblast to members.

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