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Cheap blocks and boxes backed over high-tech toys this Christmas – study

6 December, 2018
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Skip the costly electronic games and flashy digital gizmos.

Paediatricians say the best toys for tots are old-fashioned hands-on playthings that young children can enjoy with parents — things like blocks, puzzles — even throwaway cardboard boxes — that spark imagination and creativity.

“A cardboard box can be used to draw on, or made into a house,” said Dr. Alan Mendelsohn, co-author of a new report on selecting toys for young children, up to around age 5.  Full article

 

Online Petition from Children First: We need a senior Cabinet Minister with special responsibility for children and young people

26 November, 2018
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The health and well-being of our children and young people is being challenged as never before. Without urgent action, our children will become the least healthy adult population in living memory. We need somebody at the highest level of Government to take responsibility and drive improvements. Go to Children First to see over 100 examples showing the decline in our children’s physical and mental health.

You can sign the petition here   

Serene Santa’s Grotto for Children with Autism. Scottish Field

26 November, 2018
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Santa’s farmyard cottage will become a serene haven for children with autism and their families on 1 December.

Almond Valley have teamed up with Lothian Autistic Society to offer exclusive visits to Santa for children who may get distressed with loud music, flashing lights and long queues.  Full article

Scotland’s Outdoor Play-based Learning Coalition Position Statement

24 October, 2018
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In outdoor settings you can see that children getting out to play everyday is vital for them developing healthy lifeskills that underpin friendship, curiosity, creativity and learning. Play Scotland is delighted to be working with the Outdoor Play-based Learning Coalition to build strong Play Champions committed to delivering children’s right to play in Scotland.”

Marguerite Hunter Blair, CEO Play Scotland

 
All children and young people have the right to play and the right to play as enshrined in the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.

Playing outdoors enhances learning and is fundamental for children and young people’s health, well-being and development.  Full details and to download the statement can be found here