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Are you looking for some ideas to keep your little ones occupied, happy and learning through play at home? We’ve pulled together our top picks for great activities you can try at home with children in early learning and childcare (ELC) and Primary 1. Remember, no one expects you to take the place of your child’s nursery practitioners or teachers!

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Learning through play

Playing is the way that young children learn best. Encouraging them to play, and joining in when you have time, is one of the most important things you can do for them. Our page on helping your child through play has more information about this, and there are lots of ideas for play on our website too. You’ll find information for 1-3 year olds here, and for 4-7 year olds here.

You can find out more about the importance of play on the Parentzone Scotland website.

E-Sgoil has created some great interactive resources for early years including Dug’s Discovery Den, which encourages real-life play, movement, songs, stories and dance.

Play Scotland’s Play Well Pack is full of suggestions, ideas and tips to support children’s play and learning at home. There are games and activities designed to suit children aged 3-6.

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Virtual Nature School

The Virtual Nature School has created a learning pack to encourage your child to enjoy learning through play in the outdoors. This includes videos which explore a different theme every week, podcasts full of tips and ideas, a nature diary and ideas for how to structure your week. All this will be available through Facebook or on the Virtual Nature School website

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Reading and rhyme

The Scottish Book Trust has a range of Bookbug sessions to enjoy with your child, as well as lots of recommendations about reading, stories and rhymes.  

CBeebies and CBBC have some fun resources to help entertain and educate as well as short videos for when you need a break. 

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