Minster urges parents to Play, Share and Win in November

Chance for parents to win £1000 - while their kids have fun.
Chance for parents to win £1000 – while their kids have fun.

PARENTS AND CARERS of pre-school children in Moray are being encouraged to ‘play, share and win’ throughout November as part of the national PlayTalkRead ‘thirty days of play’ campaign.

Moray communities became familiar with the national concept during the summer, when Bessie the Bus toured the region offering a host of fun for zero to three-year-old children.

Now PlayTalkRead has launched a challenge that is easy to enter – parents are asked to take a photo of themselves and their child dong one or more of the free, fun activities from PlayTalkRead’s #30daysofplay list – then share it on PlayTalkRead’s Facebook page or on Twitter using #30daysofplay and be in with a chance of winning a family photoshoot worth up to £1000.

The #30daysofplay list focuses on simple, everyday things that parents and carers can do with young children. Whether that’s singing Wheels on the Bus or playing peek-a-boo, it doesn’t matter, as long as they are having fun together.

This week the minister for childcare and early years, Mark McDonald, launched the November campaign, saying: “Playing, talking and reading with your child is important – it helps give them the best start in life and makes your time together more enjoyable.

“That’s why we’re asking parents and carers across Scotland to take part in our #30daysofplay campaign and share the simple things that they do together with their little one that helps bring them closer.

“The things you do together don’t need to involve lots of toys or expensive equipment. It’s just about doing things together and the activities on the #30daysofplay list can easily fit into your daily routine.

“So why not get involved throughout November and see how easy it is to play, talk and read with your child every day? We hope to see hundreds of families sharing their photos and helping to inspire each other on how to play, talk and read with their kids.”

Visit www.playtalkread.scot/30daysofplay for more information and to view the full #30daysofplay list for ideas on how to play, talk and read with your wee one.

You can also visit the PlayTalkRead Facebook page for lots of handy tips and advice.