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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

Create a tally chart, for example to find out the family’s favourite animal or fruit or TV show. You could also do it the other way round, and find out which vegetable or type of music is their least favourite!

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

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