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?’
Choose a letter of the alphabet, then ask your child to write down a food, an animal, a name, and a place that begins with this letter.
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.
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’.