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PlayTalkRead is call­ing for all par­ents and car­ers of young chil­dren across Scot­land to vote for their favourite ac­tiv­i­ties in their lo­cal area.

Vot­ing is easy – sim­ply visit www., se­lect your re­gion and cast your vote from the 30 ac­tiv­i­ties listed.

In­spired by the pop­u­lar­ity of the 30 Things To Do Be­fore You’re Three list, the 30 Things To Do lo­cal lists have been cre­ated with the help of par­ents across Scot­land, so are truly by par­ents and for par­ents. Not only can you have your say for your lo­cal area, but you might dis­cover some fun new ideas too.

All par­tic­i­pants will be en­tered into a prize draw to win a bumper box of PlayTalkRead prizes worth £250.

Par­ents and their wee ones are also in­vited to jump on board the free PlayTalkRead buses Benji and Bessie as they tour Scot­land.

De­signed as a free drop-in play­ground, Benji and Bessie of­fer par­ents and car­ers a fun and re­laxed en­vi­ron­ment to pick up ex­cit­ing new ideas and tips to play, talk and read more with their lit­tle ones which will help make a pos­i­tive dif­fer­ence to their health and hap­pi­ness.

The PlayTalkRead road­show will visit ev­ery lo­cal author­ity in Scot­land as part of the Scot­tish gov­ern­ment’s Early Years cam­paign fo­cus­ing on the first three years of chil­dren’s lives. En­try is free.

You can see when the PlayTalkRead buses will next be in your area at www.

On board, par­ents and car­ers of young chil­dren can en­joy all types of fun from in­ter­ac­tive sto­ry­telling, song and rhyme ses­sions to easy craft ac­tiv­i­ties.

The qual­i­fied and ex­pe­ri­enced play lead­ers will show­case lots of great low­cost or free ac­tiv­i­ties that can fit into par­ents’ daily rou­tines.

Min­is­ter for Chil­dren and Young Peo­ple Aileen Camp­bell com­mented: “As a mum of two young chil­dren, I know first-hand how dif­fi­cult it can be to fit play­ing, talk­ing and read­ing into your daily rou­tine. The PlayTalkRead buses, Benji and Bessie, of­fer lots of ideas and ad­vice for par­ents and car­ers to just do that.

“You don’t need lots of toys or ex­pen­sive equip­ment to do it. It’s all about en­joy­ing your time to­gether and help­ing their brains grow.

“Be­ing a par­ent is one of the most im­por­tant jobs you’ll ever do and play­ing, talk­ing and read­ing more with kids will give them the best start in life.

“We’re look­ing for­ward to wel­com­ing all the mums, dads, grand­par­ents and car­ers across Scot­land on board Benji and Bessie.”

For more in­for­ma­tion – plus lots of handy tips and ad­vice – visit www.

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