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"Winter means days are less bright and less warm but this should not mean children get less play!

Play Scotland

Play Into The Winter

Playing outdoors is essential for our children and young people to understand, value, enjoy and protect our natural world. In Scotland, this means playing outside in all weathers. 

The change in temperature and surrounding environment is a treasure trove of experiences and play opportunities that are vital to development and enjoyment. 

Don’t be afraid of the rain, snow, wind and cold – get out and play! 

  • Snow and Ice Play

    Snow and Ice Play

    Active outdoor play is important for all children. Here are some ideas for how to get out and have fun in the snow!
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  • Chuckies n Puddles

    Chuckies n Puddles

    Playing outdoors in the rain is free and fun! Why not get your wellies on and try out some of these ideas!
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