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. playtalkread.scot/30things, 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. playtalkread.scot/bus/timetable.
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.