Active/Energetic Play

Children learn about how the body works and moves through energetic play.

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Active/Energetic Play

Children learn about how the body works and moves through active and energetic play.  They learn to run, jump, throw & catch and kick.  It can include mastering ball games, playground equipment, going on a scooter, riding a bike etc.

Active and Energetic play develops into sporting, fitness and exercise activities used for leisure and pleasure for young people and adults e.g. football, rugby, tennis, swimming, dance and martial arts etc.


Individual Activities

Individual active and energetic activities can be really helpful for building self esteem.  You only have to compete against yourself! 


Team Sports

Team sports are a great way to stay healthy while developing social skills.

Ball Skills

Ball skills are a very complex set of skills to learn.  Children who find ball skills difficult need lots of practice so vary the activities you try so that they don’t get bored.  Always finish on a positive note with them having some success to avoid frustration.  You might need to make the activity easier to allow them to succeed.

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Learning to Ride a Bike

Learning to ride a bike is a complex task involving balance, motor skills and visual skills. There are lots of community resources that can help you teach your child how to ride their bike. It can be helpful to start with a balance bike.

If your child continues to find this challenging check our strategies for learning to ride a bike. This technique takes time, but the idea is that your child gets a sense of achievement from mastering each step one at a time.


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Community Resources

Bike for Good refurbish, repair and teach communities how to maintain bicycles; once you have the skills a bike is for good. They use the bike to do good actions, improve the environment, teach skills and improve mental and physical health.


Bike for Good Glasgow West
65 Haugh Road
G3 8TX
Tel: 0141 248 5409
Email: [email protected]




Bike for Good Glasgow South
539 Victoria Road /  Langside Lane
G42 8BH
Tel: 0141 261 1609
Email: [email protected]



Free Wheel North is a cycling development charity working towards creating a fairer, healthier society by enabling people of all ages and abilities to cycle as part of their everyday life.

Glasgow Green Cycle Centre
Templeton Street
Glasgow City Centre
G40 1AT
Tel: 0141 551 8869 / 07891097936
Email: [email protected]



Drumchapel Cycle Hub are a volunteer-led community project supported by the Drumchapel Sports Hub and a community cycling club affiliated with Cycling UK.

Drumchapel Sports Centre
195b Drumry Road East
G15 8NS
Tel: 07794935547



Play Together on Pedals encourages pre-school children and their families to become active, enjoying the fun and freedom of cycling together.

Glasgow Development Officer Emily Farquhar is based in the Cycling Scotland office:
24 Blythswood Square
G2 2BQ
Email: [email protected] 
Mobile: 07469020166



Learning to Skip

Children learn to jump before they can hop or skip.  Skipping is a difficult skill to learn.  It involves the legs and arms performing different tasks at the same time.  Rhythm and timing are extremely important.  Some children find it easier to learn to skip on the spot while others find it easier to learn to skip on the move (e.g. like they are walking).  Try both to see which your child finds easier. 

Children learn best when they participate in activities that are just the right challenge, not too easy or too difficult.  Below are some activities you can try.  Try to do them in the order that they are presented in as this will make it easier, but if your child easily achieves one task, move onto the next one.  

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Keeping Active

Keeping physically active brings many health benefits. For children, regular physical activity is important for growing up to have strong bones and muscles, maintaining a healthy weight and building their confidence. Click on the links below for ideas of keeping active:



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A Local Information System for Scotland (ALISS) helps signpost people to community resources and enables communities to contribute information about the resources they have to offer e.g. places, groups, activities, opportunities, events, services.  Have a look on their website to find a local resource near you.

Inclusive Parks Scotland

This report was produced by Play Scotland in support of playful families and the Play Strategy for Scotland, valuing play, every day ©2019
Author Sarah Goldsmith


Dear Parents and Carers
This report has been compiled to give you easy access to information about the inclusive nature of parks across Scotland. We hope this will enable more children with disabilities to access and be included in opportunities for play, as well as provide more opportunities for disabled and non-disabled children to play together.

This report is in two parts:
Part 1 is a summary of key findings across Scotland and includes tables with details of the parks which are fully inclusive, working towards being fully inclusive, and staffed provision.
Part 2 is an overall summary of the parks in each local authority, the types of inclusive equipment they contain, any details about toilet and changing facilities and any relevant parking information.

There is also a map on the Play Scotland website.

This information was correct as of August 2019. However, we recommend that you contact the local authority before visiting a particular facility, as access to specialised equipment and toilets with specific changing facilities may require making arrangements in advance.

This report will be updated annually. As well as asking local authorities to update their information, we will be happy to receive comments and photos from you after using the

Yours playfully,
Play Scotland

Include Parks Scotland (2019) Report