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?’
If you don’t have stairs in your home, you could count footsteps on the way to bed instead. You could try guessing how many steps before they reach their bedroom door? How many steps from the door to their bed? Then count them out to get the number.
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’.
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.