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"Springs greatest joy beyond a doubt is when it brings the children out"
- Edgar Guest

Play Scotland


Practical ideas to support playful families
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Toolkits and resources supporting learning through play and workforce development
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Information to help build health, well-being and resilience through play
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How to create more opportunities for play in local places and spaces
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Spring has arrived!

It’s time to shed a layer or two and watch the flowers bloom, the animals and insects emerge from hibernation, the birds soaring high in the sky, the leafy trees, and the soft green grass, perfect for playing and rolling around on.

“For ourselves, and for our planet, we must be both strong and strongly connected with each other, with the earth. As children, we need time to wander, to be outside, to nibble on icicles, watch ants, to build with dirt and sticks in the hollow of the earth, to lie back and contemplate clouds….” 

Gary Paul Nabhan & Stephen Trimble; The Geography of Childhood, 2004 


Nature Play

Nature Play

Playing in nature boosts self-esteem and confidence, inspires
creativity, and spending time outdoors makes people happier.
Children’s Right to Play in Scots law

Children’s Right to Play in Scots law

On the 16th January Children’s Right to Play was incorporated into Scots law.
The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (Incorporation) (Scotland) Act incorporates the United Nations Convention of the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) into the law in Scotland.
Get into Messy Play this Spring!

Get into Messy Play this Spring!

Children love to get muddy, covered in paint
and stuff when playing, we call this Messy
Messy Play can help develop children’s
senses as they explore the different textures of
Scotland’s Play Charter

Scotland’s Play Charter

Scotland’s Play Charter describes our collective commitment to play for all children and young people. Supporters of the Charter:

  • recognise that all children have the right to participate in play activities and experiences
  • value play as a life-enhancing daily experience for all our children
  • support children to have fun, creative, fulfilling and development rich play experiences throughout their childhoods
  • recognise that playing is an essential part of a happy childhood as well as being vital to children’s wellbeing as individuals and members of society.
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