Play Talk Read Bus

Bessie the Bus

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Mon 1 Aug 2016

Play, Talk, Read is a scheme from the Scottish Government which encourages parents and carers to play, talk and read with their young children every day. As part of this, they send out Play Buses to towns and cities all over the country. They arrive filled with books, toys and activities perfect for pre-school children and it’s all completely free to attend.

Last week Bessie the Bus was in Edinburgh and I took my kids aged 1 and 3 along to investigate. We arrived at 2pm for the afternoon session and the two Play Leaders Emma and Catriona welcomes us aboard. They were really friendly and showed us all of the toys, games and books available to enjoy inside the bus. Outside there were little activity tables set up with arts and crafts.

Bessie the Bus was open to anyone who wanted to drop in, so my kids had quite a few playmates. They had a great time playing with the toys. They found some fun masks to dress up with and my three year old made a pair of ‘BFG Ears’ to wear. And they even got a gift bag to take away with them. It included stickers, a book, finger puppets and activity cards.

I think these Play Buses are a fantastic idea, which I’m sure will have a positive effect on families and communities across Scotland.