Play, talk and read on board ‘Benji’ next week

Make learning fun with the Play Talk Read bus
Make learning fun with the Play Talk Read bus

Parents and their wee ones are invited to jump on board the free PlayTalkRead bus ‘Benji’ as it visits Peterhead next week.

Designed as a free drop in playground, Benji offers parents and carers a fun and relaxed environment to pick up exciting new ideas and tips to play, talk and read more with their little ones which will help make a positive difference to their health and happiness.

Benji will stop at Drummers Corner on Tuesday, July 28 from 10am to 1pmand 2pm to 4pm.

On board, parents and carers of 0–3 year olds can enjoy all types of fun from interactive storytelling, song and rhyme sessions to easy craft activities.

The qualified and experienced play leaders will showcase lots of great low-cost or free activities that can fit into parents’ daily routines.

Acting Minister for Children and Young People, Fiona McLeod commented: “Playing, talking and reading is all about enjoying time together with your wee one from day one, it can give them a better start in life and make a positive difference to their health and happiness in the future.

“It also helps little ones learn to play for longer therefore they become less frustrated, which means less stress for them and you.

“We’re looking forward to welcoming all the mums, dads, grandparents and carers in Peterhead on board Benji.”

Last year more than 19,600 parents and 23,800 children visited one of the 459 PlayTalkRead events held across Scotland.

A massive 95 per cent of those felt the advice the buses offered was relevant to them and more than 70 per cent said they would play, talk and read with their children more as a result of visiting.

The PlayTalkRead roadshow will visit every local authority in Scotland as part of the Scottish Government’s Early Years campaign focusing on the first three years of children’s lives.

Entry is free.

For more information – plus lots of handy tips and advice - visit You can also visit the PlayTalkRead Facebook page at or follow PlayTalkRead on Twitter @PlayTalkRead.