Have a giggle with your little one

Happy baby boy sitting and laughing
Happy baby boy sitting and laughing

Everyone enjoys a good laugh, but nothing quite beats the sound of a little one giggling.

In celebration of Scotland’s Big Laugh (Saturday 24th January), an entire day dedicated to laughter, PlayTalkRead is encouraging parents and carers to enjoy a giggle with their wee one.

Laughter is proven to prevent illness, boost energy levels and helps build a closer bond between you and your child.

Whether it’s being a tickle monster or making a bubble beard, chuckles and smiles from your baby will help make a positive difference to their health and happiness – and yours too.

The Scottish Government’s PlayTalkRead campaign highlights easy, fun ways to give little ones the best start in life through simple, free activities.

A few minutes spent laughing together can easily fit into daily routines such as changing time, on the bus or keeping them contented in their high chair.

You don’t need lots of toys or extra equipment – simply singing songs, playing peek-a-boo or pulling funny faces is all it takes.

Acting Minister for Children and Young People, Fiona McLeod commented: “Laughter really is the best medicine; it boosts the immune system and improves your little one’s quality of sleep.

“PlayTalkRead has lots of ideas to make your little one laugh and children of all ages can get involved. Babies learn to laugh before they learn to talk, crawl or walk – so you can do it from day one.”

What makes your little one giggle? Why not share with PlayTalkRead on Facebook Facebook.com/PlayTalkRead or Twitter @PlayTalkRead? Visit website to download the ‘30 things to laugh at before you’re three’ list.