PlayTalkRead bus back in Paisley

The PlayTalkRead bus returns to Renfrewshire during July, encouraging families to get creative, sing songs, clap hands and tell stories.

The big purple bus will be calling at County Square in Paisley on Tuesday 9th and Wednesday 10th July before touring Renfrewshire for a week from Monday 22nd July.

Funded by the Scottish Government, the PlayTalkRead bus travels the length and breadth of the country demonstrating the positive impact of play and introducing parents and carers to fun activities they can try at home with their child.
Linda Stevenson, Renfrewshire Council’s Childcare Information Officer said, “Often the best play ideas are simple and don’t cost a penny – a bottle can be transformed into a rocket, add some rice and it becomes a musical shaker. Kids love using their imagination!

“Admission to the bus is free for Renfrewshire families and there’s no need to book. Whenever and wherever parents and carers see the bus they can hop on board with their wee ones to discover a world of fun and engaging activities to do together”.

The PlayTalkRead bus offers parents and children the opportunity to join in with BookBug storytelling, rhymes and songs sessions with young passengers also receiving a free book or playcube to take home.

Details of the tour can be found at and for hundreds of playtime ideas visit:


Fun on the PlayTalkRead bus

Tiny tots and their parents showed it’s good to talk when a special bus toured Renfrewshire for a week of fun and games.

The PlayTalkRead buses offered parents and carers of children aged three-and-under the chance to climb aboard and find out how to give youngsters the best start.

Councillor Jacqueline Henry, the Convener of the Education Policy Board and Councillor Mark Macmillan, the Leader of Renfrewshire Council, hopped on board the bus to speak to some of the parents and children – and take part in a very enthusiastic Bookbug session.

Councillor Henry said: “Simple easy steps, such as reading books together, singing songs and playing together, aid a child’s development.

“The PlayTalkRead bus is inspirational in its approach. I would encourage parents or carers to check out the PlayTalkRead website for more ideas if they were unable to catch the bus this time.”

Councillor Macmillan added: “We are determined to give Renfrewshire’s children the best possible start in life and the PlayTalkRead bus is one way in which we can support parents and young children to make the most of their early years.”

The Scottish Government’s PlayTalkRead campaign is in collaboration with Working on Wheels, a charity which manages the Scotland-wide PlayTalkRead bus tour. In partnership, Renfrewshire Council supplied information packs, and were on hand to support and publicise the events. Library staff promoted the Bookbug programme and gave out free books provided by Scottish Book Trust. Renfrewshire Community Health Partnership also provided information on their services to families.
For more details visit: or , and Twitter @playtalkread