Play is a magical time where children learn about the world around them, it is a time they have to themselves to be creative, imaginative, take risk, push their own boundaries and be active.
Play takes place naturally for children and is a personal journey that is unique to each individual child. It is important that adults allow this time for play to take place especially in today's busy world. Providing these opportunities for play doesn't have to an expensive or challenging process.
Here are some links to websites and documents which are full of ideas that will help you to provide rich play experiences for your children.
Craft for children
- 10 gardening projects for kids
- 10 nature activities for kids
- 28 Fun Outdoor Games and Activities for Kids to Play in the Garden
- 50 things to do
- Early Learning and Childcare: Delivering High Quality Play and Learning Environments Outdoors
- Nature detectives
- Outdoor Learning: Learning through Landscapes
- Play4Life Outdoor Play [626Kb]
- Play Well Outdoors Pack
- The Playlist
- RSPB Nature Activities for Kids
- Space to Grow: Design guidance and out of school care settings
- Space to Grow: indoor/outdoor settings
Play for communities
Play for families
- 100 unique play ideas
- Active Play Games
- Activities and games
- BBC Tiny Happy People
- Child's play - Top Ten tips for parents and families
- Developmental Play
- Family activities and events for primary school children
- Home Play Pack
- Playful Families
- Play Well Pack Pull-Out
The NHS have some great tips and videos for playing with babies and toddlers.
Play in schools
- Playful Schools Loose Parts Toolkit 2020
- Playful Schools - Toolkit for delivery of Loose Parts COVID
- Play Types Toolkit - Play Scotland
Support for play
There are lots of really engaging, interactive and informative websites to visit to find out all you will need to know about play. Follow the links below for more information related to play.
- Parent Club Scotland
- Play Scotland
- Play England
- Play Wales
- Playboard Northern Ireland
- International Play Association
- Thrive Outdoors
Please note, Perth and Kinross Council is not responsible for the content of external websites and apps.