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

Competition – Design the Front Page of our Annual Review

Calling all budding artists … we are looking for you to design the front cover of our 2016 Annual Review. Open to all children and young people aged 18 years and under. 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: 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 >

Scottish children ‘among least active’ BBC News

Scotland has been placed joint last in an international study of physical activity among children. The research found that Scotland had...
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Reason and Rationalization – A Theory of Modern Play

Article from American Journal of Play The author reviews historical attempts—mostly by European thinkers—to characterize modernity and its relationship to play....
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Active Play – Exploring the Influences on Children’s School Playground Activities.

Article from American Journal of Play. Because children spend so much of their time in schools, their playgrounds covŠer a good...
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Mind healing: the psychological benefits of getting dirty

Let them eat Dirt is a new parenting book written not by child psychologists, but by two microbiologists, Marie-Claire Arrieta and...
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Let children play outside even when it’s cold – Blog

As November begins and the weather starts to turn a little chillier, it’s interesting for us at Little Forest Folk to...
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Latest Blog >

The World Has a Playground Deficit

Picture a young girl in Kampala, Uganda, from a family without a lot of money. Sometimes she plays in an alleyway,...
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How do we ensure children with disabilities have access to good quality play experiences?

We know, understand and accept that every child has the right to play as enshrined in Article 31 of the United...
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Play is a Child’s Work – or is it – Blog from Marc Armitage

I can see the reasoning behind saying play is the child’s equivalent of work … but it isn’t, and saying it...
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Reason and Rationalization – A Theory of Modern Play

Article from American Journal of Play The author reviews historical attempts—mostly by European thinkers—to characterize modernity and its relationship to play....
Read more

Active Play – Exploring the Influences on Children’s School Playground Activities.

Article from American Journal of Play. Because children spend so much of their time in schools, their playgrounds covŠer a good...
Read more