Play Scotland continues to support children and young people to play during this time of international crisis.
We recognise the lives of our families have been turned upside down, and changes to circumstances around how we all play, learn, work and socialise have been dramatic and sudden. The ‘new normal’ is changing by the day and it is very difficult for us all to adapt.
However, we know that children need play to survive and thrive. It is through playing that children make sense of their world. They can create and transmit their own language, games, secret worlds, fantasies and other cultural knowledge. Playing is vital for children’s health and wellbeing, their physical activity and their mental health and coping skills.
That is why we have created our #101waystoplay 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!
We are advising strict adherence to NHS and government guidance, that children should go out once a day for exercise and wellbeing only in their family groups, and supervised if necessary, in order to keep to social distancing guidance. Children should be reminded of the importance of regular hand washing, particularly when they come in from outside.
Sadly children should not organise to meet other friends, or play on fixed play equipment. Many parks have been closed. Try to find a space that does not have many people in it if you can and keep distance between your family and others. This is probably not the time for risky or challenging play adventures, however just being out for a short while is good for exercise, health and well-being.
Children who are displaying symptoms of the virus or who have a family member that is self-isolating (https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance/stay-at-home-guidance-for-households-with-possible-coronavirus-covid-19-infection) should stay inside as per the recommendations.
Keep safe and keep playing!