"One benefit of summer was that each day we had more light to read play by."
- Jeannette Walls

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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National Playday is on the way!


Playday is the national day for play, traditionally held on the first Wednesday in August.

It is the biggest play sector event in the UK, and possibly Europe! As well as a celebration of children’s right to play, Playday is a campaign that highlights the importance of play in children’s lives.

Playday is co-ordinated by Play England, in partnership with Play Scotland, Play Wales and PlayBoard Northern Ireland.

Get started on organising your Playday event: Playday 2024 – Play Scotland


Chuckies & Puddles

Chuckies & Puddles

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

Nature Play

Playing in nature boosts self-esteem and confidence, inspires
creativity, and spending time outdoors makes people happier.
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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