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By Juliet Robertson,Â Outdoor learning and play specialist, Creative STAR Learning The image of children splashing in muddy puddles or running, carefree through the woods, giggling in the way only happy children can, might seem like a nostalgic rural idyll to city dwellers in this age of social media and easy-access tech. But it doesnâ€™t haveRead More
As we move out of lockdown, embracing our outside spaces can help society recover and build resilience for the future, writes Thrive Outdoors Programme Manager Rachel Cowper. The online algorithms must be getting to know my reading habits of late, because I have come across many articles over the last few days discussing what theRead More
Rachel Cowper from our go2play fund urges us all to let children play outside in The Herald.Â With a sunny start to April and the longer days ahead, you might begin to see the streets and green spaces of Scotland filled with children and wonder: is it not always so? Sadly, like the rose-tinted memoriesRead More
At Inspiring Scotland, we want all of Scotlandâ€™s children to thrive. We have been working in outdoor play since 2010 and we know that by playing outdoors, children grow, learn and develop, emotionally and physically, in the best possible way. In short, growing playing and learning outdoors is how children thrive. Thatâ€™s why, after eightRead More
By Jill Fraser, Community Play Performance Advisor Inspiring Scotland exists to address poverty and disadvantage. The role of Play Rangers, our community play programme, in this work isnâ€™t self-evident. Yet giving children the opportunity to play outside, in their own neighbourhood, can reveal the damaging effects and true extent of child poverty in Scotland andRead More
We have lost something by scheduling ‘fun’ as part of our busy lives.Â Who remembers hopscotch?Â Climbing into a cardboard box?Â A stick that to you was a magic wand or a Light Sabre? Â Who remembers just running through the woods or over the grass for no real reason at all?Â I am sure mostRead More
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