Play Scotland – Delivering the Play Agenda in Scotland #playeveryday

Play Scotland is the National organisation for play in Scotland, working to promote the importance of play for all children and young people, and campaigns to create increased play opportunities in the community.   #playeveryday

To find out more about who we are click here

New booklet – Experimental Play!

Explore and enjoy the fun, thrills, science and wonderful world of messy play!  Email for a FREE pdf copy

Scotland’s 1st Play Convention

Play Scotland are hosting Scotland’s 1st Play Convention on Thursday 5th October at Murrayfield in Edinburgh.   Full details here



Parents & Families

Welcome to our Parents and Families page where you will a find a range of services available in Scotland, information and play ideas.
We welcome any ideas you may wish to share with us, email:

Scotland's Play Charter

Are YOU Committed to PLAY?

Play Scotland is promoting Scotland’s first inclusive Play Charter.  This describes a collective commitment to play for all babies, children and young people in Scotland. #playeveryday

Latest News >

Being active after school better than homework for academic performance, research suggests

A new school year is upon us, and while I’ve not had a stake in the homework debate before now –...
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Decoding the mysteries of a child’s developing brain. The Independent.

It’s back-to-school season. Parents mark their youngsters’ height on the wall and marvel at how much they’ve grown – but what’s going...
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New campaign says children playing outdoors ‘learn risk, creativity and team-work’

Marguerite Hunter Blair, chief executive of Play Scotland, added: “We know that play is fundamental in optimising children’s development, and to...
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Our child obesity solutions wouldn’t be acceptable for zoo animals

Obesity is an environmental issue not a disease. Children growing up in the 1950s and 1960s were not obese. Virtually all...
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Latest Blog >

The Decline of Play and Rise in Children’s Mental Disorders

Rates of depression and anxiety among young people in America have been increasing steadily for the past 50 to 70 years. Today, by at least...
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Can playing with junk lead to creativity and innovation?

Instead of toys, kindergartens across Israel often furnish their play areas with junk in an effort to help children test their...
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Are smart phones really the death of children’s play?

Many of the current conversations on children’s use of mobile phones sound dire warnings, even foretelling the ‘death of childhood’ itself....
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Children’s play is not a springboard, it is the water.

In this second part of his comment piece about a national project to ‘use play as a springboard into sport’, Adrian...
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For children, playing is the adventure

A new pilot project in England, funded by the government sponsored national sports agency, aims to use ‘play as a springboard...
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