Dear Big People,

Children are masters of the moment. They are simply amazing at keeping us in the present. 

They also are the best at showing us how to play. 

Play is a fundamental part of a child’s development. Play has a positive effect on cognitive, mental, emotional, and the physical state of a child.

Article 31 of the United Nations Convention of Rights for the Child states: 

1. States Parties recognise the right of the child to rest and leisure, to engage in play and recreational activities appropriate to the age of the child and to participate freely in cultural life and the arts.

2. States Parties shall respect and promote the right of the child to participate fully in cultural and artistic life and shall encourage the provision of appropriate and equal opportunities for cultural, artistic, recreational and leisure activity. 

This video was made for the children on Nauru, however mindfulness techniques can be used for all children. With the current media coverage about the mentally unstable children on the island who are slowly dying, a great need rose in me to show these beautiful children, the joy of a moment. 

As a children’s entertainer, I am so inspired by the work of The Flying Seagull Project UK and the Clowns Without Borders. Having the ability to bring joy into a highly stressful atmosphere is a powerful talent. They are the Ambassadors of Joy for people who witness and bear the atrocities of war. I feel these children deserve to laugh today.

I’m very grateful to be able to make this video. The dragon Pi, or 3.14 as he is sometimes called, has helped me breathe through times of my own anxiety, depression and suicidal ideation.

Love and light, 

Clare bear and the Roaming Rainbows Tribe.

The links are only a small portion of the papers, documents and studies we have read. There are thousands to be found on the internet. We encourage you to do your own research into the benefits of play and joy on the brain, body and spirit, as well as the children, families and people in detention in Australia’s onshore and offshore processing facilities.