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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.

Stories are funnier with funny voices

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.

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Dip into different worlds

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.

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Magic messages

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.

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Games for two

Counting with your child is a good way to get them thinking and keep engaged while you spend quality time together.

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Things to try

Deputy First Minister’s Summer Maths Challenge

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

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Deputy First Minister’s Easter Holiday Maths Challenge

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/

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Christmas Holiday 2017 – Deputy First Minister’s Maths Challenge

Fun, festive activities to keep your child busy over the holidays!

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Handy tips

Get your kids to help a ‘book buddy’ to read. Buddies can be a younger sister or brother, or even a favourite soft toy. Letting your child help their book buddy to read will keep them occupied, and help them with their own reading.

Read a book together and play I-Spy with the pictures – can your child find something in the book beginning with say P? Or D? You could try lots of other letters, too.

Seasonal: Make a gift list for Christmas/the holidays – what’s on your list? What do you need to get for your friends and family?