Playful 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 Scotland’s Play Strategy Outcome: Our homes and family environment are places where children and young people can enjoy plentiful play opportunities, indoor and out, appropriate to their age, stage, ability and preferences.

Scotland’s Play Strategy Impact: Parents, carers and families will be more confident and able to facilitate play opportunities in the home and family environment; our homes and family environments will be more suitable for play and children will have more satisfying and wide-ranging play opportunities.  Staff will have the skills, knowledge and confidence to engage with parents, carers and families to support then when needed.

 

Play is one of the best things you can do for your child, whatever their age or ability 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.   You can add play into a busy day by playing, for example:

  • “I spy” in the car, on the bus, walking … anywhere!
  • Sing – make up a song about where you are going and what you can see
  • Play the alphabet game, when out and about find an item which relates to every letter of the alphabet
  • Learn how to cook when making meals in the house
  • Play with different food textures, add dried pulses or dry pasta into a jar and hear what noise they make
  • If food shopping count the different items, find the food item from the shops flyer
  • Turn meal times into a teddy bears picnic
  • If washing a car for example this can be great fun
  • Sing and dance round the house
  • Hop skip and jump along the street
  • Race each other along the street …. keeps you fit as well!

There is so many ways you can add free play into you day and playing with your child can help build relationships for later life.

We welcome any ideas you may wish to share with us, email: info@playscotland.org

How do young children learn?

Children learn through all their senses by:

  •  tasting, touching, seeing, hearing and smelling
  •  watching and copying people close to them they learn language and behaviour

By playing with a young child this can enhance their learning and 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.

During play, children also learn about the world that they live in and how to take and manage risks.

 

Scottish Government Parenting Strategy

The National Parenting Strategy is all about valuing and supporting Scotland’s parents as one of the single biggest ways of giving children the best start in life. When we refer to parents, we mean anyone with a parenting role and we mean parents of children of all ages from the early years right through the teenage years and into young adults. This isn’t about dictating to parents how to bring up their own children, this is about making it easier for parents to understand the positive difference they can make to their child’s development, helping parents to feel confident in their ability to care for their children, feel reassured that help is available if and when they need support and ultimately making parenting an even more rewarding experience.  Full details here

 

Play Scotland Parents’ Play Pack

Play Scotland Parents’ Play Pack is aimed at parents and carers of children aged 8 to 12 years.

“I hope you find the ideas in this pack help you to have lots of fun in your everyday play adventures.  Send us in your ideas for our Playful Families web page”
Marguerite Hunter Blair, CEO

In the pack you will find:

  • Tips and hints on getting your children out to #playeveryday
  • Up-to-date information on play for 8-12 year olds
  • Useful references

 Play Scotland Parents’ Play Pack – downloadable pdf

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Play Scotland Information Leaflets

 

Top Ten Play Tips for Parents & Families – CHILDSPLAY_TIPS

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Mucky Pups Leaflet – downloadable pdf

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nature Play Leaflet – downloadable pdf

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Power Of Play Leaflet – downloadable pdf

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Risky Play Leaflet – downloadable pdf

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Activity book for learning with Lego

Play is our brain’s favourite way to learn! Research shows that play is one way children develop some of the most important skills for being lifelong learners. Play enables us to explore, practice and try out ways of tackling similar challenges in the real world. Skills like problem-solving, creativity, empathy, communication and teamwork all have their foundations in play. When children learn through play, they are personally motivated by the satisfaction of being embedded in the activity, at their level of challenge and interest. This means children are joyful, actively engaged with their bodies and minds, taking risks and experimenting, to come up with ideas and questions, creating things and solving problems. Learning through play is about “how” you learn, it need not be constrained by “what” you learn or “where” you learn.

LEGO Play box activity booklet

 

 

Activity book for Lego Duplo

Play is our brain’s favourite way to learn! Research shows that play is one way children develop some of the most important skills for being lifelong learners. Play enables us to explore, practice and try out ways of tackling similar challenges in the real world. Skills like problem-solving, creativity, empathy, communication and teamwork all have their foundations in play. When children learn through play, they are personally motivated by the satisfaction of being embedded in the activity, at their level of challenge and interest. This means children are joyful, actively engaged with their bodies and minds, taking risks and experimenting, to come up with ideas and questions, creating things and solving problems. Learning through play is about “how” you learn, it need not be constrained by “what” you learn or “where” you learn.

This booklet gives ideas on how to learn and play at the same using Duplo.

DUPLO Play box activity booklet

 

 

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

Parentchannel.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