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Chilling with a magazine

Reading your favourite magazine with your child is a fun way to relax together. Going through the pages and finding pictures they like is a great way to keep them busy – and you get to enjoy your magazine, too. You could also try these activities with any old newspapers, flyers or magazines you’ve got lying around the house.

Cut out letters

Look for letters in a magazine or newspaper, and sound out each letter together as you cut it out. For added interest, you could find all letters that make up your child’s name.

Make new words

Look for letters in a magazine or newspaper and then cut them out together. You can sound them out at the same time, and encourage your child to make and spell new words with them. Get them off to a flying start with simple words to start with - like ‘hat’, ‘dog’ and ‘car’.

Describe a picture

Choose a picture in a book, magazine or newspaper together. Your child could then write a couple of sentences to describe what’s happening in the picture. They can have fun thinking up as many describing words as possible - like big, colourful, funny or beautiful.

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Handy tips

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?

Pick somewhere your child goes to a lot – like their school, or the park, or a shop – and ask them to write down directions for how to get there from your home.

Making crayon rubbings of coins is a great way to help your child find out about the numbers on coins, and the different sizes of each coin.