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Chat through stories

Your children will love you reading with them, especially if you ask questions as you go through the story together. It can help them remember new words, get more involved in the story, and keep them interested.

Quick Quack Quentin

Talk to your child about how Quentin might feel at the beginning of the book when he sounds different from other ducks. Have they ever felt the same way?

A Beginner’s Guide to Bear Spotting

The boy in the book has a very large backpack – what could be in there? Ask your child which items they would carry in their backpack if they were to go for a walk in Bear Country. They could draw them, and label the different items.

Favourite animal

After reading about all about the different animals, ask your child to choose their favourite one and draw and label it in their booklet. We love the giraffe.

Hey! There are loads of fun ways to Write too.

Don't forget about the everyday Count ideas.

Handy tips

Read a book together and play I-Spy with the pictures – can your child find something in the book beginning with say P? Or D? You could try lots of other letters, too.

Kids love to talk about their favourite characters from their tv shows or cartoons they like. You could get them to write about them, too. Ask your child to say why they like that character? Are they funny, clever, do they have special powers?

Even mealtimes can turn into storytimes. Ask your child to create a story about the Cutlery family – with characters like Peggy Plate, Jamie Knife, Fiona Fork and Baby Spoon.