Got a spare afternoon? Why not take a trip to your local library together? There are loads of books that they’ll want to look at – and they’re free to borrow. It’s quite relaxing too.
Choose a book
Found a book you both like the look of?Try it out: Once you’ve found some books that you’ll enjoy reading together, why not take them out? If you’re not sure what to look for, the librarian will be happy to help - or you could check out our book lists for some great recommendations from Scottish Book Trust.
Get a library card
Fill out the membership form together.Try it out: You can visit your local library, or apply online, to get your child a free library card. Your little bookworm can help you fill out the form with their name, age and address details.
Talk about a book
Talking about a book and its characters helps make a story really memorable.Try it out: You could take it in turns to read a short story to each other - then, when you’ve finished, talk about what happened in the book together. You could take it in turns to ask each other questions like ‘Who was your favourite character?’ and ‘Which part was the most exciting?’
Next time you’re in a shop, get your child to look for prices and check how much different things cost. You could turn it into a bit of a treasure hunt, and look for items that cost more than and less than £1. Or look for any item that costs £2 exactly. If something is on offer – 2 for £1, say – you could help your child work out what each individual item costs.
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.
Put some music on, dance around, and get your child to count out different actions with you – like 10 hops or 16 jumps – in time to the music. It’s a good way to use up some excess energy too!