Boosting brain power is child’s play

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Most people have fond memories of singing nursery rhymes, playing games or reading favourite books from childhood, but many are unaware that these fun moments with mum or dad played an important role in making us who we are today.

That’s why PlayTalkRead has launched a list of ‘must-do’s’ for 0-3 year olds to encourage mums and dads to have fun with their tots from day one.

From jumping in puddles and pulling silly faces in the mirror to feeding the ducks in the park, 30 Things to do Before You’re 3 is a big list of simple fun for little ones across the country to get under their belt before the early years are over.

Supporting the Scottish Government’s PlayTalkRead campaign, the list was produced because the early years (0-3) provide a golden opportunity for mums and dads to play, talk and read with their kids more often and give them the best start in life.

Evidence has shown that during the first three years 75% of brain growth is complete and an estimated 50% of our language is in place. So mums and dads are encouraged to dive in now and start ticking off their tot’s list of unmissable PlayTalkRead experiences while they still have the chance!

Parenting Across Scotland, a partnership of high-profile charities which offer support to parents and families across Scotland, are getting behind the campaign.

Clare Simpson, project manager says: “We all remember the simple things like going to the park and going down the slide or splashing in puddles on a rainy day but quite often take for granted how important these moments were.

“The good news for mums and dads is you don’t have to wait until your kids are bigger to do fun things together. There are lots of opportunities to get out there and have simple fun every day and for little cost. So make the most of this time while you can – start ticking off the checklist before the early years are gone.”

For more play ideas, interactive fun and to download the full 30 Things to do Before You’re 3 list visit the PlayTalkRead website www.playtalkread.org