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

Shetland Play Convention

Play Scotland are hosting Shetland Play Convention on Saturday 9th June 2018 in Lerwick.  Further details will be announced in due course.



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 >

Teachers warn learning through play can lead to pupil disruption

Modern teaching techniques where pupils are allowed to learn through play can lead to poor behaviour, a new report warns. So...
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Encouraging risk-taking in children may reduce the prevalence of childhood anxiety

A new international study suggests that parents who employ challenging parent behavioural (CPB) methods – active physical and verbal behaviours that...
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Why spending time outdoors could help your child’s eyesight

Kids seem to spend endless hours on smartphones, games consoles, computers and tablets these days. Playing on electronic devices certainly doesn’t...
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Can the return of ‘wet play’ stop our kids’ obsession with screens?

As any parent can attest, the battle to prise children away from the glow of their screens seems endless. Nursery-age children...
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‘Lost words’ as children stay indoors, BBC News

Robert Macfarlane and Jackie Morris spoke to BBC Newsnight about their book The Lost Words and the need for children to...
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Latest Blog >

What happens when you put toddlers in a forest to climb trees and use knives

“I was just bowled over and frightened by some of the things that I saw: children high-up in trees, children using...
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Tes talks to… Lenore Skenazy

The founder of the Free Range Kids movement tells Sarah Cunnane why she wants schools to join in her initiative to...
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BBC launches site promoting digital skills for children

The new site Own It provides questions, answers and tools to help children ages nine to twelve gain confidence and resilience...
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The Right Brain Develops First ~ Why Play is the Foundation for Academic Learning

Did you know that the right brain develops first? It does so by the time children are four years of age. The left...
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Doing Something Creative Can Boost Your Well-Being

A study suggests that small acts of creativity in everyday life increase our overall sense of well-being.  Full blog  
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