Play Types Toolkit

Published by Play Scotland

“Children learn how to learn when they are playing, and bringing more play into the school day will foster children’s natural curiosity and motivation to learn.”

Maree Todd, Minister for Children and Young People

“Play is key to raising attainment”

Scottish Government

Playing is an integral part of children’s day in many educational and childcare settings.  Children play before the bell goes in the morning; at playtime and lunchtime; and after school ends.  Increasingly, playing is part of class time across Scotland too.  Educators are getting better at recognising the interconnections between playing, learning, growing, developing, being healthy and being happy.

Who is the Toolkit for?

The Play Types Toolkit is intended for schools and education professionals though we are sure people in other settings will also find it useful.

The aim is to highlight the range of types of play children experience, their vital contribution to learning and development, and to make integration of play into the curriculum simpler.

What do we mean by play types?

Play types can simply be described as the different behaviours we can see when children are playing.

You can view the different  play types here.

  • Play Scotland Play Types Toolkit – bringing more play into the school day

    Play Scotland Play Types Toolkit – bringing more play into the school day

    Play Types Toolkit – bringing more play into the school day. Play Scotland’s Play Types Toolkit is for schools and education professionals, and others working with children in various settings. Playing is an integral part of children’s day in many educational and childcare settings.  Children play before the bell goes in the morning; at playtime and …
    pdf (18.03 MB)
  • Play Scotland Play Types Poster

    Play Scotland Play Types Poster

    These were developed by Bob Hughes for the purposes of adults who study and facilitate play. Communication Play – play using words, nuances or gestures or communication play used the whole body
    pdf (1.50 MB)

How to use the Toolkit

The Toolkit aims to:

  • highlight the range of types of play children experience
  • highlight their vital contribution to learning and development
  • make integration of play into the curriculum simpler

We have grouped the different types of play together under useful learning headers:

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