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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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Making a meal

The kitchen can be an exciting place for children. So when you’re making meals, or even just putting the kettle on, why not get them involved? Try the activities below to have some family fun – and keep them busy.

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On the bus

Waiting for your stop on the bus or the train can be a bit of a drag, and kids can get restless. Read on for some activities that will keep your child occupied and help them write at the same time.

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Around the house

Kids love helping out with little jobs around the house (enjoy it while it lasts) – and they love being asked questions and challenged to do things. Try these activities when you’re at home together for a nice way to get counting every day.

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Things to try

Top 10 kids’ counting books

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

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Counting your way to school

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

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Top 10 kids’ wintery picture books

Here’s a list of the top 10 wintery picture books for kids recommended by the Scottish Book Trust.

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Handy tips

Kids love to talk about their favourite characters from their tv shows or cartoons they like. You could get them to write about them, too. Ask your child to say why they like that character? Are they funny, clever, do they have special powers?

Try taking it in turns to say alternate numbers to 30, while rolling or throwing a ball back and forth. Then, if you’re up for a challenge, try it backwards and in 2s. Start at different numbers, or if you don’t have a ball handy pat your tummy or clap your hands while you count.

If you come across a new word while you’re reading a story, try making up funny sentences with the new word.