About Play Scotland

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.

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

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: info@playscotland.org

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.

Latest News >

Future Me campaign launch, Scottish Government

Parents encouraged to talk to children about their dreams. A new campaign encouraging parents or guardians to talk to children about...
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Ten-year-old applies to be Cambridge professor of Lego

“I am the best candidate for the job of professor of play in education because I am 10 years old and...
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Motion S5M-03584 supporting Scotland’s Play Charter

A Motion supporting Scotland’s Play Charter has been placed by Ruth Maguire MSP at the Scottish Parliament.    
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Edinburgh street play pilot to be extended despite criticism

A scheme designed to help parents temporarily close streets for their children to play outside is to be extended amid criticism...
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Moderate screen use ‘boosts teen wellbeing’, BBC News

A study of screen time and mental wellbeing among teenagers has suggested moderate use of devices may be beneficial in a...
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Latest Blog >

10 Things Your Toddler Will Play With More Than Any Toy You Buy

“Mummy, can I have that? I NEEEDDDDD it.” The banshee cry all parents dread when their child clocks a shop window...
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An updated UNCRC for the digital age

The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child is truly inspiring document which sets out what society expects and demands for its...
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Photographer combats gender stereotypes with the idea that ‘boys can, too’

It started when my son was only a few months old. I had taken him downtown with me, for my weekly...
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Keeping children indoors is not the solution to pollution!

The response to the recent air pollution alerts in London alarmed many of us who champion children’s right to play in...
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Play Theory: Understanding ‘Play Types’ and how they relate to Forest School

“We’re on a ship,” she said, “and we’re going to a desert island. We’re out of food so we have to...
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