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 >

Edinburgh street play pilot to be extended despite criticism

A scheme designed to help parents temporarily close streets for their children to play outside is to be extended amid criticism...
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Moderate screen use ‘boosts teen wellbeing’, BBC News

A study of screen time and mental wellbeing among teenagers has suggested moderate use of devices may be beneficial in a...
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They raise the world’s happiest children – so is it time you went Dutch?

Two toddlers have just chased each other to the top of a climbing frame and are jostling to get down the...
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Toy guns: ‘Children have an innate, inquisitive nature to explore good and bad, right and wrong’

Playing with toy guns is a controversial subject within the early years sector. It can provoke a sharp intake of breath...
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Action on child poverty, Scottish Government

Annual report and consultation responses published.  You can view this here  
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Latest Blog >

Let’s build safe play spaces into our communities

I wholeheartedly agree that “children need plenty of self-directed outdoor play” (Screen-based lifestyle harms children’s health, Letters, 26 December). Children spend...
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The Beauty and Chaos of Free Play

No, not a beautiful provocation but instead a picture of the real chaos that results from children deeply engaged in self-directed...
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Protecting our children from harm while they play

Tottering round in mum’s far too big heels, sneaking into the make-up drawer to paint your face, rummaging around in the...
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4 myths debunked about outdoor play and children’s health

Enough with the old wives’ tales that have kept kids indoors long enough! It’s time to fight back with facts.  Full...
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Do Yourself A Favor, Let Your Kids Play In The Rain

You want your kid to play in the rain? You only need to dress them for it. Rain hats and raincoats are so...
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