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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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Lots of kids are fascinated by space, and the idea of walking on the moon. You could take a chat about space travel even further, and watch some YouTube videos together, or interviews with astronaut Tim Peake. A question like ‘What would you take into space?’ could inspire some fun replies! And you could help your child to write down five items they would take into space with them.

Play ‘guess what happens next’ when reading stories together. Kids have a great imagination, and it’s amazing what they can think up!

You can play guessing games anywhere and everywhere. It’s an easy way to make a walk to school, or a car or bus journey more fun. Just think of a number between 0-30 and get your child to guess what it is. You can help them by saying ‘higher’ or ‘lower’.