Summer is here! Time to go wild with your wee ones.
For each week of the holidays we have created a three-page adventure pack to help you and your kids (7 and under), learn, read and most importantly, have fun together.
Each pack has 3 pages of:
- Low-cost or free activities the whole family can get get involved with.
- Books to read together.
- Useful links and tips to help you get the most of each weeks adventure.
We'd love to see how you and your wee adventurers are having fun together! Share using our hashtag #SummerFamilyAdventure
ADVENTURE 1 - WEATHER DETECTIVE - 30 June
Are you ready for adventure - whatever the weather?
This week, become a rainbow hunter, make a picnic rain or shine, unravel the tales of clouds, and run your very own mini Olympics!
ADVENTURE 2 - INCREDIBLE JOURNEY - 7 July
Continue the adventure by train, bus, car, or on foot!
This week, go on hunt to find treasure, make your own imaginary train journey, play games on the go, and send a postcard to someone you wish was on your journey!
ADVENTURE 3 - GO WILD - 14 July
Are you ready to go wild?
This week, start your adventure with a minibeast hunt, craft art from natures treasures, grow crazy seed heads, and follow the footsteps of native Americans by making a journey stick!
ADVENTURE 4 - STORY LEGENDS - July 21
Calling all superheroes - are you ready for a legendary mission?
This week, use your powers to transform a stick into a wand, bring your stories to life with shadow theatre, set an awesome obstacle course, and take your bedtime stories outside to make them magical!
ADVENTURE 5 - SPLISH SPLASH - 28 July
Prepare to dive in and have an underwater adventure!
This week, make a big SPLASH, build a mini raft made from twigs, explore the mysterious world of the deep sea, and bring a pet sea creature to life!
ADVENTURE 6 - ANIMALS, ANIMALS, ANIMALS! - 4 August
Are you a cheeky chimp, king of the jungle, or a cuddly koala?
This week is all things animals! Find out who's best at animals impressions, run wacky animals races, build a five-star bug hotel, and make a beautiful butterfly!
ADVENTURE 7 - FEELINGS - 11 August
In our final adventure, let's explore and navigate our feelings!
This week, slow down to hear everything that's around you, create your very own holiday memory box filled with reminders of your summer, learn to blow away your worries, and get set for the next year of your very own adventures!
STUFF FOR GROWN-UPS
The power of playful parents
Children are born scientists and explorers. Watch children play and you’ll see them experiment, imagine, work together, and overcome emotional ups and downs. They’re learning. And they’re picking up the skills to thrive today and flourish tomorrow. Playing together empowers children to become creative, engaged, life-long learners. But that’s not all, you also create a loving connection that helps children become happier grown-ups. You don’t need lots of time or fancy toys, all you really need is attention and imagination. By blowing soap bubbles, splashing in a puddle or turning a snack into a smiley face you’ve already put more play into your day.
Lots of the summer adventures are outside, and although we know Scottish weather can be a bit…well...unpredictable, outdoor play gets kids active and lets their imaginations run wild. It’ll help them stay healthy, have fun and stop them bouncing off the walls at home, the fresh air even helps them sleep. Getting outside is just as important for grown-ups’ physical and mental health, too! together.
Sharing books and stories with your little one is the first step in building a love of reading. It also helps develop early communication and language skills, and like playing, spending time cuddled up and sharing a story together builds bonds.
Each adventure pack has ideas for some fun books to read together. All the books we picked have been included in the Scottish Book Trust ‘Bookbug’ and ‘Read, Write, Count’ bags gifted to children across Scotland each year.
If you don’t have a book your local library will have a copy. Local libraries are a wonderful, free resource for readers and writers of all ages, and lots of the Bookbug sessions are held at them. You can find your nearest library and Bookbug session HERE.
Many Thanks to Funder The Scottish Government and our partners: