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.

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
21 June 2018

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