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.   #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

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. #playeveryday

Latest News >

14 ways you can help deaf children understand you better

These deaf children have had hearing aids or cochlear implants for most of their lives. They can speak English and British Sign Language....
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Ally Bally Bee book project to help children learn about dementia

Sometimes Granny doesn’t remember my name. She does unusual things too. She gets lost in her own house and puts orange...
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We’d all benefit from encouraging children to go outside and take risks

Stop popping the balloons. Forget the dew on the grass. Bring back the conkers and the yo-yos. And ditch those hi-vis...
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Parents get involved in Stay, Play and Learn, Scottish Government

A childcare trial encouraging parents to stay, play and learn with their children has been praised by Minister for Childcare and...
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Parents get involved in Stay, Play and Learn

A childcare trial encouraging parents to stay, play and learn with their children has been praised by Minister for Childcare and...
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Latest Blog >

Primary schools invite P1 children and parents to Stay Play and Learn

A unique new service which focuses on closing the attainment gap and aims to help improve the transition between nursery and...
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Why kids need risk, fear and excitement in play

Be careful!” “Not so high!” “Stop that!” Concerned parents can often be heard urging safety when children are at play. Recent...
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Unstructured play is critical for kids + their brain development—so set them free

Unstructured play is play without predetermined rules of the game. There are no organized teams, uniforms, coaches or trainers. It is...
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Want to be a great parent? Let your children be bored

From books, arts and sports classes to iPads and television, many parents do everything in their power to entertain and educate...
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Reflections on 30 years of Playday from Play Scotland’s CEO Marguerite Hunter Blair

Playday is always a fantastic opportunity for families and children to have fun on their doorstep come rain, hail or shine. I...
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