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.

Play is one of the best things you can do for your child, whatever their age and it’s FREE!!

The day to day pressures on your time as a parent can sometimes mean you do not always have the time to play.  Playing with your child can help build relationships for later life.

By playing with a young child this can enhance their development, explore their emotions and use their imaginations.

Playing with your child can also help you recognise and understand your child’s feelings and emotions, and it is also a way for them to open up and talk to you about their concerns.

We welcome any ideas you may wish to share with us, email:

Disclaimer:  Play Scotland would ask that appropriate supervision is in place for any young children using our messy play recipes and that they avoid consumption.

Play Scotland Information Leaflets

Top Ten Play Tips for Parents & Families – CHILDSPLAY_TIPS

Mucky Pups Leaflet

Nature Play Leaflet

Power Of Play Leaflet

Risky Play Leaflet

What Is Play Leaflet

Messy Play

Halloween Messy Play

Lots of messy play ideas for Halloween on Play Scotland pinterest page

10 reasons why we should let children play in the mud

Did you know that playing in the mud is beneficial to children? To read full list click here

Outdoor Play is not a waste of time

List of reason, from children, why outdoor play is not a waste of time. List

Information published from the British Heart Foundation

Help you child move and play everyday

Help your baby move and play everyday

No One Will Play With Me – Helping Your Child Make Friends

To read full article click here

Parent Chanel TV is a free online service designed to support and encourage parents and carers of children aged 5-19, with a collection of videos addressing a wide range of parenting topics.

The short videos contain advice from over 50 experts and parent/child case studies. The content is divided into three simple categories: learning, behaviour and wellbeing. The topics cover areas from the everyday to the hard hitting: bullying, gangs, homework, sex, stress, depression, family life, discipline, drugs, runaway teens, disability, bereavement and many more.

To view their website and for further information click here