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Welcome to Read, Write, Count

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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Choose an everyday activity


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

Christmas Holiday 2017 – Deputy First Minister’s Maths Challenge

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


Top 10 kids’ counting books

Counting is easy with these fab books. Check them out for free at your local library!


Counting your way to school

This handy guide shows you all the ways you can count your way to school.


Handy tips

Even mealtimes can turn into storytimes. Ask your child to create a story about the Cutlery family – with characters like Peggy Plate, Jamie Knife, Fiona Fork and Baby Spoon.

You can play guessing games anywhere and everywhere. It’s an easy way to make a walk to school, or a car or bus journey more fun. Just think of a number between 0-30 and get your child to guess what it is. You can help them by saying ‘higher’ or ‘lower’.

Try spotting shapes together – how many circles, triangles or squares can your child spot in the room. After they’ve named the shape, they could look for other items with the same shape.