We’re here to help you and your child create a little calm amid the chaos using reading, writing and counting activities. You’ll find lots of simple suggestions, ideas, tips and activities to help you have fun together and keep your child busy and entertained.
Reading can be double the fun when there’s two of you turning the pages. So why not try some of these quick and easy ideas to help your children read at home, and keep them busy and entertained?
Lots of kids love writing – and showing off what they can do. It’s easy to combine writing with everyday activities. If you add in bright crayons, colouring pens and markers, chalks and paint sets, and even glue and glitter, you’ll keep your child’s mind busy, and have lots of fun together too.
It’s easy to add counting and number games to so many things you do every day with your child – whether it’s a trip to the shops, mealtimes, or just chilling out together. With these ideas, tips and activities, from now on helping your child with their counting can be a walk in the park.
Being a parent can be great fun, and as children get a bit older and their needs, tastes and moods change, it can be challenge to keep up. But we’re here to help.
We’ve got loads of tips, games and activities that you can slip into your daily routine to keep your kids inspired and entertained. Little ways to have fun. Little things that you can do together. Little ideas that will help them Read, Write, Count.
You don’t need to be an Oscar winner to try doing a pirate voice at booktime. You can give the characters in a book any accent or silly voice you want, taking it in turns. It makes the story more fun for both of you and makes reading together the best 20 minutes you’ll spend all day.
Books are a great way for kids to discover how things work – whether it’s the world around them, or feelings and emotions. Books open their minds to new experiences and fresh ideas – so they’re perfect for keeping your child entertained on rainy days, and keeping their mind occupied at the same time.
Writing helps keep kids entertained, while they’re finding out about themselves and the world around them. Here are some activities you can do together which will help your child write, and enjoy themselves at the same time.
If you’re looking for a fun activity for you and your child this summer break, why not give the Deputy First Minister’s Summer Maths Challenge a go?
This summer’s challenge is inspired by the European Championships being held in Glasgow this August, so take the challenge and get in the spirit of the games!
Solutions and workings will be published on Friday 27 July here: blogs.gov.scot/making-maths-count
If you are looking for fun activities to keep you and your child entertained this Easter break, why not try the Deputy First Minister’s Holiday Maths Challenge?
Hard copies of the Maths Challenge are being handed out to all P6 pupils in time for Easter, and hard copies will also be available at local libraries. Workings and solutions here: www.blogs.gov.scot/making-maths-count/
Ask your child to write about a castle they would build for a King or Queen. They could think about how many rooms it would have, what might be in the rooms, and what they’d be used for.
If you come across a new word while you’re reading a story, try making up funny sentences with the new word.
Lots of kids are fascinated by space, and the idea of walking on the moon. You could take a chat about space travel even further, and watch some YouTube videos together, or interviews with astronaut Tim Peake. A question like ‘What would you take into space?’ could inspire some fun replies! And you could help your child to write down five items they would take into space with them.