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Welcome to Parent Club, the home for Read Write Count. You'll find tips from parents all across Scotland to help make your life a little easier.

Being a parent can be great fun. But it can also be challenging, especially when trying to keep them entertained throughout the day. Have a look around for ideas from everything from getting them off their screens to ideas for stopping after-school hyperness

Activity bags

Our Activity bags are packed with fun ways to pass the time. Whether you're at home or out and about, the games inside will keep your child busy and happy - and they'll be learning at the same time!

Activity bags p1 p2 p3

Here are some tips to make the most of the games in the bags:

Games for your P1: Fridge magnets

You'll find these fun fridge magnets in the P1 Bookbug bag. There are lots of ways you can use them with the kids - here are some ideas.

Fridge magnet games to play

Game #1: Word building

Ask them to build their own words using magnets or put words together when you call one out to them. A great place to start is with things they know like their name, and your address.

Their whiteboard letter magnets can also be a fun way to get them to do their spelling homework.

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Gane #2: Pictures

Ask if they can draw you a picture on their whiteboard. Can they use the letter magnets or write down a description of their picture (this might save you the trouble of guessing!)?

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Game #3: Fun with numbers

Give them mini-challenges each day with their number magnets  to keep them entertained- like counting backwards from 10-zero, or a couple of sums like 3 + 4. How fast can they do it? Can they write the biggest number they know? Can they say it out loud?

If they have maths homework, this can get them doing it without too much fuss!

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Games for your P2: Story cubes

The story cubes are designed to help you and your child create your own stories together. You'll find them in the P2 Activity Bag.

By rolling the dice, a different set of images is produced which can be used as the starting point for a story. Each dice has a different theme to aid storytelling: settings, characters and objects. Look at the dice together and see if your child can identify the pictures.

Story cube games to play

Game #1: Describing words

Roll one of the story cubes and identify the picture e.g. alien. Ask your child to think of as many different words as they can to describe the image. They could draw the image in the centre of a page in their notebook and write the words around it.

Can they tell a story including one of their spelling words?

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Game #2: Story challenge

Take turns to tell a story in 30 seconds including all three images on the story cubes.

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Game #3: Create a story

Ask your child to roll the story cubes and make up a story including one or more of the images. They could tell it to you, write it down, act it out or even film it!

Want more? We have loads more fun games you can play to make storytime fun.

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Games for your P3: Galactic Fantastic

You'll find this space age card game in the P3 Activity Bag.

There are lots of different ways you can play Galactic Fantastic. It's a great game to get their maths homework done without them even knowing it!

Here are a few ideas to get you started:

Galactic Fantastic games

Game #1: Finding different categories

Aim of the game:

  • To win as many cards as you can from the pack by choosing the winning category in each round.

How to play:

  • To start the game, shuffle and deal all the cards amongst the players.
  • Each player holds their cards so they can only see the top card. The first player starts by reading out a category e.g. mass.
  • The player with the highest number on their top card wins, and that player collects all the cards in play. It is then their turn again to choose one of the four categories (height, mass, age or special skill) from the next card. If two or more cards share the top value, then all the cards are placed in the middle and the same player chooses again from the pile (the winner of the hand takes those cards as well).
  • The person with the most cards at the end is the winner.

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Game #2: Challenges

Challenge your child to do the following:

  • Find the heaviest and lightest alien.
  • Find the tallest and shortest alien.
  • Find the alien with the highest special skill score. Ask your child if they agree.
  • Find an object in your house which is similar in height to one of the aliens.
  • Sort the cards with the aliens in order of age – which ones are younger than your child?

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Game #3: Make your own card

Can your child create another alien from one of the home planet? They can use the template in their notebook to make their own card.

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More fun ways to read, write and count

There are lots of other ways you can help your kids read, write and count while having fun at the same time.

Tip #1: Reading in silly voices

Ask them to read a book to you using funny voices. How many different voices can they come up with?

You can find more tips to calm kids down here.

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Tip #2: Writing to Batman

Keep them busy after school by getting them to write a letter to their favourite superhero with as many of their spelling words as possible. Tell them it can be as silly as they like.

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Tip #3: Counting cars

Here's a game you can play to pass the time in the car. Get the kids to pick a colour and then guess how many cars they can spot in 5 minutes. Is the number higher or lower? If you’ve got passengers, why not make it a competition to see how many cars you can see? Who gets closest to their number?

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Last updated: 9 Dec, 2019