PlayTalk Read unveils ‘30 Things to do Before You’re 3’
New wish list for 0-3 year olds urges mums & dads to have fun from day one PlayTalkRead has launched a list of ‘must dos’ for 0-3 year olds to encourage mums and dads to have fun with their tots from day one.
From jumping in puddles and bursting bubbles to pulling silly faces in the mirror and feeding the ducks in the park, it’s a big list of simple fun for little ones across the country to get under their belt before the early years are over.
The Scottish Government’s 30 Things to do Before You’re 3 is the ultimate children’s checklist including everything from singing incy wincy spider to getting squishy with play dough. Supporting the PlayTalkRead campaign, the list champions the early years (0-3 years) as 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 of a child’s life 75% of brain growth is complete and an estimated 50% of our language is in place. So mum and dads should 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 30 Things to do Before You’re Three. Clare Simpson, project manager, recognises that it’s these simple, fun activities that make all the difference in the long-term: “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 precious and 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.”
Aileen Campbell, Minister for Children & Young People said: Minister for Children and Young People, Aileen Campbell said: “We can never underestimate the power of play and its crucial role in the positive development of our wee ones. Our new 30 things to do before you’re 3 checklist offers some wonderful ideas for inexpensive, fun-packed play opportunities which parents and tots can enjoy together.
“As the list shows, it’s often the simplest things that matter the most, whether that’s getting outdoors and jumping in puddles or enjoying songs or nursery rhymes together. I’ll certainly be looking to try out many of the things on the list with my own wee boy and would urge other parents to get involved and have loads of fun while helping give their tots the best start in life.”
The full 30 Things to do Before You’re 3 list is available to download from the PlayTalkRead website along with a number of new interactive games for parents and their little ones. An interactive story book, Jack and the Beanstalk lets parents put their child’s name in the book and choose their own character so their little ones can climb the beanstalk, meet a giant and relive Jack’s adventure in their very own story.
An exciting new app, Burst a Bubble is also available for download on i-phone or android – by bursting bubbles mums and dads can help their children to grow and learn new skills while providing hours of entertainment.