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Down the park

These handy ideas are great for when you’re out and about getting some fresh air with the kiddlywinks.

Count things on the way

When you’re on the way to the park, count things you see together - like red cars, buses or lorries. You could also check which side of the street has odd numbers and which has even numbers? If you’re visiting someone, you could give your child their house number and ask them to tell you which side of the street they’re on. Then you could help them count down - or up - and ask them how many doors away you are. They’ll soon find their way around.

Adding up around the park

When you’re at the park, you could ask your child how many swings they can see, the number of steps between trees, how many dogs you see, or how many people. Or how many more people than dogs. There’s a whole world out there just waiting to be counted.

Little treasures

Have a go at collecting items, such as sticks or shells, for a ‘treasure basket’ – placing them in a basket or bucket one by one, counting as you go along. Use the items to make patterns in the ground – for example, creating lines with sticks or using stones to make round patterns. You could also use your leaves or pebbles to make numbers - for example, using 10 leaves to make a ‘1’ and a ‘0’. Parent tip: counting worms is less fun.

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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?

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.

Try taking it in turns to say alternate numbers to 30, while rolling or throwing a ball back and forth. Then, if you’re up for a challenge, try it backwards and in 2s. Start at different numbers, or if you don’t have a ball handy pat your tummy or clap your hands while you count.