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 >

Poorest children twice as likely to be obese in P1

Children from Scotland’s poorest families are almost twice as likely to be obese by the time they start school than affluent pupils,...
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How to keep your baby safe in hot weather

Baby Leo has some tips on how to protect your baby from dehydration, sunburn and sunstroke in the hot weather. Make...
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Record number of Scottish parks given green flag status

A record 73 parks in Scotland have been given a prestigious Green Flag Award in recognition of their high standards and...
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Summer holidays ‘bad for child health’

The summer holidays are bad for children’s health, with youths being “plonked in front of screens” and losing most of the fitness they...
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Latest research reveals the more you hug your kids – the smarter they get

Are you the kind of parent that’s always hugging your kids? If the answer is yes then don’t stop doing what you’re...
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Latest Blog >

The Overprotected Kid

A preoccupation with safety has stripped childhood of independence, risk taking, and discovery—without making it safer. A new kind of playground...
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Designing Streets for Play – Research and Observation

There’s a house on a corner near where I live in suburban Leeds that makes me happy nearly every time I...
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Tear Down the Swing Sets

… and the plastic forts. Here’s how to put the play back in playgrounds. Full blog
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Losing Fat, Gaining Brain Power, on the Playground

Better grades might be found on the playground. A new study of elementary-age children shows that those who were not part...
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Playday Survey 2017

What do you think about playing today and how have play opportunities changed for children, families and communities through time?  We...
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