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After a day out

Getting out the house for the afternoon is a way to let children blow off some steam if they’re getting a bit stir crazy. It’s also a clever way to help them with their writing skills. Even a quick trip to the park is great for the activities below.

Draw a picture

Have a chat about your day out, and ask your child to draw a picture of their favourite part. If they feel confident, with your help they could label parts of the picture - such as swings, sunshine or grass.

Write about it

Even a couple of sentences can make a difference, so why not encourage your child to write about your day together? To help them, you could start off some sentences they can finish. - Why not try these - ˜The weather was…˜ Lunch was … ˜ The best part of the day was…”

Make a story

Talking about your day out together could lead on to asking your child to imagine what your day out might have been like if it was on Mars, or if a dragon had come along. Encourage them to use their imagination and write down their own story.

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Handy tips

Ask them to write a story about the insect they saw. What’s their name? How big is their family? Where are they going? Do they have any superpowers?

Next time you’re in a shop, get your child to look for prices and check how much different things cost. You could turn it into a bit of a treasure hunt, and look for items that cost more than and less than £1. Or look for any item that costs £2 exactly. If something is on offer – 2 for £1, say – you could help your child work out what each individual item costs.

Get your child to think up a tasty feast their toys might enjoy – and then get them to write everything down in a shopping list. They could think about how many potatoes they’d need to buy? What’s for dessert?