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 >

How Letting Kids Get Dirty Helps Protect From An ‘Oversanitized World’

With the onset of spring, children will want to play outside. When they do, parents might be tempted to whip out...
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Girl, 8, wins swing campaign for disabled brother

A council has installed a special needs swing just days after an eight-year-old girl wrote to them about her disabled twin...
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Children not allowed to “play out” until age ten, Scotsman

Marguerite Hunter Blair, chief executive of Play Scotland, pointed to a recent study that showed that high school children often have...
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Girl, 8, writes to council over swing for disabled brother

Naomi wrote to the authority after visiting the new park near their home in Hamilton and seeing that Isaac could not...
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Learning outside the classroom builds character and helps children thrive – it can’t become the preserve of independent schools

Real education’ is about developing rounded, resilient individuals who also happen to score best when it comes to those necessary certificates....
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Latest Blog >

Let Kids Be Kids: Using Adventure and Nature to Bring Back Children’s Play

It is a disappointing thing to see new playgrounds developed in city spaces sit there empty each day, or to walk...
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Designing streets for play – research and observation

Many within the UK’s street play movement want to see long-term changes to the design of residential streets, but know they...
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Scottish Parliament debates national play charter

The Scottish Parliament has debated the country’s first Play Charter, developed and promoted by Play Scotland, the national play charity. Adrian...
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Transcript from Scotland’s Play Charter Debate

You can read full transcript from Scotland’s Play Charter Debate held at the Scottish Parliament on 14 March here  (you will...
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The Joy of Junk

At a time of increasing debate over the extent of children’s use of screen-based technology, for many child professionals, the three-dimensional, messy enjoyment of...
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