Activity ideas for play settings | Oxfordshire County Council

Activity ideas for play settings

Ideas for activities for play settings, and the Inspiring Play newsletter for playworkers.

Inspiring Play newsletter

Inspiring Play is produced four times a year by the Oxfordshire Play Association on behalf of Oxfordshire Play Partnership. You can read the latest edition on the Oxfordshire Play Association website.

Loose Parts

Loose Parts are items and materials that children and young people can move, adapt, control, change and manipulate within their play. For information and video go to the Oxfordshire Play Association website.

Resources for play

  • Orinoco Scrapstore stocks a wide range of scrap items for art, play and creative projects, as well as new art materials, household paint and DIY materials. Based in Oxford, with the Scrapmobile available to visit your own venue or setting
  • ScrapstoresUK has a directory of scrapstores, and case studies highlighting the social, environmental and economic contribution scrapstores make to society.
  • Oxfordshire Play Association has a range of play boxes for hire.


Websites with activity ideas

Oxfordshire County Council is not responsible for the content of external websites.

  • Dirt is good
    Some play and activity ideas as part of the Persil “Dirt is good” campaign.
  • WildPlay Kitbag (pdf format, 2.3 MB)
    Herefordshire Nature Trust shows ways to get the most from your local park, meadow playground, stream or woods. You can download the kitbag from this website.
  • Common Threads 
    Activity ideas as downloads from their website as a 'try before you buy' option.
  • Pioneer Thinking: Children's Crafts
    Has a large selection of links to craft projects.
  • Activity Village
    Ideas and activities for children, including crafts, puzzles and sudoku, often with reference to holidays, festivals and seasons.  Currently featuring the Queen's Jubilee and the Olympics.
  • The Woodland Trust Nature Detectives
    Lots of activity ideas and free downloads

Activity books

  • 4Children has an online library of information and news. 4Children is the national charity dedicated to creating opportunities and building futures for all children, they have a range of play activity publications including the 'Can Do' series of books.
  • London Play has put together some suggested reading about play.
  • Common Threads have a range of books of activities on their website.
Last reviewed
06 June 2017

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