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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

Singing counting songs such as 5 currant buns, 10 green bottles, can be a great way to help your child count backwards.

When you’ve finished reading a story, ask your child to write or draw a new story about their favourite character in the book.

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.