Sharing a laugh and a smile boosts health

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In celebration of Scotland’s Big Laugh project, an entire day dedicated to laughter, PlayTalkRead is encouraging parents and carers to enjoy a giggle with their children.

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 – singing songs, playing peek-a-boo or pulling funny faces are all it takes.

Acting minister for children and young oeople, 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.”

Learning what makes your little one laugh can be useful when they’ve become frustrated, which means fewer tantrums, tears and stress.

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

PlayTalkRead has lots of ideas to help make your little ones laugh. Visit www.playtalkread.org to download the ‘‘30 things to laugh at before you’re three’’ list.

What makes your little ones giggle?

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