Friday, 18 January 2013

{Play Talk Read}

Have you heard of PlayTalkRead's '30 Things to do Before You're Three' list?

It's a fairly new initiative from the Scottish Government to encourage simple fun for little ones and basically it's the ultimate children's checklist of things to do in the early years.

I thought I'd share the New Year's list with you here as it's Scottish themed with some Burn's Night activities thrown in.

For those of you that don't know, it's Burn's Night on Friday 25th January and to celebrate the life and poetry of Robert Burns many Scots will be eating haggis and drinking whisky at Burns Suppers around the country.

30 Braw Things to do Before You're Three

  1. Try a new fruit or vegetable in season
  2. Make a thank you card for Santa with help
    from mum or dad
  3. Help mum or dad plant daffodil bulbs for spring
  4. Learn the actions to Auld Lang Syne
  5. Dance a jig on Burns night
  6. Make a seasonal calendar for the year ahead
  7. Eat haggis, neeps and tatties on Burns night
  8. Make a phone using two cups and string and pretend to call a friend
  9. Learn a new Scots word
  10. Make a Loch Ness Monster out of play dough
  11. Colour in a picture of Rabbie Burns
  12. Make a castle with chairs and sheets & pretend to be a clansman
  13. On a dreich day, learn to do a roly-poly indoors
  14. Make a paper aeroplane
  15. Go on a blue and white scavenger hunt around your hoose
  16. Have a teddy bear’s picnic
  17. Make an obstacle course indoors
  18. Make and fly a kite with help from mum or dad
  19. Learn the story of Robert Burns
  20. Draw or paint a saltire yer face with help from mum or dad
  21. Get wrapped up and visit a Scottish landmark 
  22. Find where you live on a map of Scotland with help from mum or dad
  23. Snuggle up under a blanket for a Scottish story
  24. Make yer own paper cup Scotsman
  25. Make shortbread with help from mum or dad
  26. Make a wee moose with help from mum or dad
  27. Moo like a Hielan coo
  28. Paint yer own tartan
  29. Sing along to ‘You Cannie Shove Yer Grannie of a Bus'
  30. Challenge mum or dad to tug o’ war in your own Hielan Games

The PlayTalkRead bus is also going to be in Renfrewshire next week where your little ones can enjoy special Burn's day activities and crafts.


  1. We went to the Mitchell Library for book week and had a go on the play was good fun...we got a list of the things to do before turning 3...did not know about this one though. I think I will have to try a few of these! We will be away for Burns Night. The last time I did a haggis I felt it was maybe a bit too spicy for the wee man!

    1. I've not let my kids taste haggis yet either. I'm pretty sure my eldest would refuse it without even trying it. You're right though - it's possibly a bit spicy.

      I've not been to Mitchell Library yet - it's on my list of places to visit.


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