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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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Chat through stories

Your children will love you reading with them, especially if you ask questions as you go through the story together. It can help them remember new words, get more involved in the story, and keep them interested.

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Try some rhyme time

Coming up with words that rhyme is a great way to keep your child entertained for hours – and it’s guaranteed to get you both giggling.

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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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Sharing a book

Sharing a book is a calming way for you and your kids to take time out during a hectic day. It’s also a great opportunity to squeeze in a little reading. Pick out a book together, sit back – and relax.

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There’s a letter through the door!

‘Postie’s been.’ Even simple things like flyers and letters can help your children with their reading. They might enjoy reading to you about neighbourhood watch or bin collections.

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Library adventure

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.

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At the shops

Doing the food shopping doesn’t have to be boring – honestly. Here are some quick ideas to help you keep your child occupied, and get your groceries done all at the same time – sorted.

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Deputy First Minister’s Summer Maths Challenge

If you’re looking for a fun activity for you and your child this summer break, why not give the Deputy First Minister’s Summer Maths Challenge a go?

This summer’s challenge is inspired by the European Championships being held in Glasgow this August, so take the challenge and get in the spirit of the games!

Solutions and workings will be published on Friday 27 July here: blogs.gov.scot/making-maths-count

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Deputy First Minister’s Easter Holiday Maths Challenge

If you are looking for fun activities to keep you and your child entertained this Easter break, why not try the Deputy First Minister’s Holiday Maths Challenge?

Hard copies of the Maths Challenge are being handed out to all P6 pupils in time for Easter, and hard copies will also be available at local libraries. Workings and solutions here: www.blogs.gov.scot/making-maths-count/

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Christmas Holiday 2017 – Deputy First Minister’s Maths Challenge

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

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Handy tips

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

Ask them to write a story about the insect they saw. What’s their name? How big is their family? Where are they going? Do they have any superpowers?

Try breakfast by numbers, using your morning cereal packs to count the number of words beginning with the same letter. Or, for fun, you could try and find rhyming words together.