All the activities in one place
Scroll down for all kinds of ideas that will brighten up your child’s day. You’ll find loads of easy, everyday ways to read, write and count together.
Dip into different worlds
Books are a great way to let children discover how the world works. They make it easier for kids to understand more about feelings and emotions. And there’s nothing like sharing a good book together.
Writing helps children find out more about themselves and the world around them. And with these great activities they can get writing and have fun at the same time.
Games for two
Your child will really enjoy counting with you. And by talking to you, and playing games like these, they’ll be using numbers and having fun as well.
Make a list
Writing a list can help your child with their writing and spelling, and it can be a great outlet for their imagination. There are no limits to what a list can be about – and here some ideas for inspiration.
There are lots of games you can play with your child to help them count forwards – and here are some that will help them count backwards, too! Ready for some fun challenges?
You don’t have to go far to find lots of fun ways to help your child count. It can be really easy to bring numbers into everyday activities at home – from breakfast to bedtime.
Fun for everyone
Here are some great ways you can help your child count, get family and friends involved, and keep everyone entertained. More people equals more fun
Whether you’re doing the weekly big shop, picking up a few essentials, or shopping online, it’s always good to have a have a wee helper. Checking prices, adding up and counting coins is a practical way you can help your child understand numbers, and make them part of everyday life.
Playing games is a great way to help kids count, and keep them occupied. As well as activities that are fun for two, there are lots of great counting games that two or more children can enjoy. And when it comes to joining in – the more the merrier.
Feel the love
Storybook characters or finger puppets can help you show your child how the worlds works, and make emotions easier to understand. This can also help them talk about their own thoughts and feelings when they’re practicing their reading and writing.
Kids have the most fantastic imaginations. You’ll get a good glimpse into what goes on in your child’s mind by sharing creative activities like these together.
Deal or no deal
Children love pretending to be grown-ups. Playing shops, and learning about how bank cards work are all things your child will find fascinating. Games like this help them explore real-life situations, and have fun too.
Time is ticking
Kids feel great when they can tell the time – and these fun games and activities will help them with time-keeping.
Good mood food
Counting together can help your child in so many ways. And you can make counting entertaining by combining it with food fun and getting your child to help you out in the kitchen.
Made to measure
There are so many different ways you can help your child understand numbers and what they mean in their everyday activities. And while they’re counting and comparing, they’ll be busy and entertained too.
Counting in, and counting out
Try out some of these different activities with your child to keep their minds busy, wherever you are.
Chat through stories
Your child will love it when you read with them. And if you ask questions as you turn the pages, you can help them pick up new words and understand the story better.
You can use these fun writing games to help your child with their writing, and gain confidence at the same time.
Try some rhyme time
You can have lots of fun together talking about words that rhyme – and in between giggles they’ll be exploring new words and sounds.
Making a meal
Kids and kitchens? That’s a recipe for fun.
On the bus
Check out these fun activities to keep your child busy on the bus, and help them with their writing at the same time.
Around the house
Find out how helping out with little tasks around the house can help kids with counting. Job done.
Down the park
You can count all the way to the park with these great ideas.
Sharing the fun
Counting and sharing go really well together – and it can be easy to mix the two whether you’re playing together, or having a meal or snack.
Counting down to a big event
Your child will love getting involved with planning an upcoming birthday or play date – and it can help them count too.
Getting ready for bed
We all know that getting kids to bed on time can be challenging. Quick counting activities like these will help make your bedtime routine easier and more enjoyable.
Chilling with a magazine
Reading a magazine with your child is a fun way to relax together.
De-stress family dinners by getting your excited youngsters involved in the cooking to keep them busy – and keep writing.
After a day out
Getting out the house for the afternoon is a great way to let children blow off some steam – and help them with their writing skills.
Making a greetings card
Cards can be pretty expensive. The good news is, they’re also pretty fun for kids to make and card-making is a great activity to help them write.
Sharing a book
Sharing a book is a calming way for you and your kids to take time out during a hectic day. It’s also a great opportunity to squeeze in a little extra reading.
There’s a letter through the door!
‘’Postie’s been!’ Even simple things like flyers and letters can help your children read.
Got a spare afternoon? Your child would love a trip to the library.
At the shops
Doing the food shopping doesn’t have to be boring. Here are some ideas to help you keep your child occupied, and get your groceries done at the same time.
On your phone
Sending messages is something we do everyday. Getting your child involved with writing and sending messages can be great fun for both of you.
Playing ball games
Using numbers when you are out and about together is a really fun way to keep your child entertained and happy.