Playground bus to visit Ellon

Parents and their wee ones are invited to hop on ‘Benji’ the bus when the Play Talk Read campaign comes to Ellon and Inverurie next week.

Run by the Scottish Government, the Play Talk Read campaign is part of the Early Years initiative.

The project aims to provide parents and carers with tips and ideas on how they can play and interact with their little ones in a happy and relaxed environment.

The campaign bus, Benji, is a free drop-in playground for parents and carers to take children aged zero to three on board to enjoy many different types of fun activities including interactive storytelling and easy craft activities.

There will be qualified and experienced play leaders who will showcase many low-cost or free activities which can be utilised daily.

Benji the bus will arrive in Ellon on Wednesday, July 29, and will be located on Market Street.

The bus will then arrive at The Square in Inverurie on Thursday, July 30.

On both days, the bus will be open from 10am to 1pm and then again from 2pm to 4pm.

Acting Minister for Children and Young People, Fiona McLeod, said: “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.

“We’re looking forward to welcoming all the mums, dads, grandparents and carers in Aberdeenshire on board Benji. As a former librarian, I’m delighted to see so many families getting involved in the Play Talk Read campaign by visiting Benji.”

For more information and to see tips and advice visit: www.playtalkread.org