Children would rather get muddy outdoors with their friends than play computer games, a survey has shown.

Playing outside instead of on the computer was picked by 86 per cent of children in the poll and 72 per cent said they wished they got the chance more often.

The results have been published to mark Playday, an annual celebration of children's play, co-ordinated by the Children's Play Council.

The majority of the 7-14 year-old respondents (82%) said they liked to play in natural spaces.