Coronavirus – Play Scotland updates play advice due to current restrictions and health concerns

At present the lives of our families are being turned upside down, and changes to how we all play, learn, work and socialise have been dramatic and sudden. The ‘new normal’ is changing by the day …
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Play Builds Children

Follow our #playeveryday campaign. A bundle of boredom busting fun activities that children and young people can use to encourage imagination, creativity and play time, many of which are suitable for indoors or confined spaces, and most of which are low cost or free. Some ideas, while not free play, are still playful and good fun for all the family!
Some Messy Play ideas
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  • “Creative play is like a spring that bubbles up from deep within a child”…

    ~Joan Almon, Contemporary American educator


  • “If you never did you should. These things are fun and fun is good.”

    ~Dr. Seuss


  • “Children need to take risks to learn how to manage risks … an essential part of growing up”



  • “‘The best classroom and the richest cupboard are roofed
    only by the sky”.

    Margaret McMillan


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Why can’t children play with other children?

Reports from overseas suggest they wished they had followed guidance earlier.  Please note the date of this news piece was the...
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Play in the time of coronavirus

Tim Gill and Penny Wilson share some thoughts and ideas on supporting children’s play in these challenging times, bearing in mind...
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Playing through the Coronavirus Pandemic

“Playing through difficult issues helps children come to terms with stuff that’s out of their control, stuff that can be hard...
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Life in the time of Covid.19 – Self isolation as a teenager. Day 3

Day 3 When I woke up this morning my room was a mess. I’ve spent quite a lot of time in...
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Life in the time of Covid.19 – Self isolation as a teenager. Day 2

Day 2 Today I woke to the sun shining through my window. I allowed myself a lie in, in comparison to...
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Family cycling: how to create a new daily routine

Our friends at Cycling UK who are our partners on the Play Together on Pedals project have written this useful blog...
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Introducing Children’s Rights from Scottish Government

Click here for Training resource relating to the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC).

Playful Families

Welcome to our Playful Families page where you will a find a range of services available in Scotland, information and play ideas.

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Scotland's Play Charter

Are YOU Committed to PLAY?

Play Scotland is promoting Scotland’s first inclusive Play Charter.  This describes a collective commitment to play for all babies, children and young people in Scotland. #playeveryday