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Family fun

Encourage your child to put pen to paper and let their imagination run wild – you won’t believe what they’ll come up with, and these activities will keep them busy for hours.

Who’s coming to tea?

Get your child to make place names for a family meal or get together. They could write down the name of each person, and then draw them - using marker pens, paints, pencils or chalks for colouring in to add that finishing touch.

Finger puppets

Choose your favourite puppet together and pretend it's your new family pet. You could then talk about your pet - What's its name? What colour is it? What does it eat? Does it talk? If it does, then what does it say? Helping your child write down a sentence that describes your pet is a fun challenge and encourages them to think of adjectives ('describing words').

Drawing book and pencils

Most kids love drawing their close friends or family - and the results can be hilarious. Encourage your children to think about what each person looks like and the clothes they usually wear. When they’re finished, you could help them label each person.

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Handy tips

Get your child to think up a tasty feast their toys might enjoy – and then get them to write everything down in a shopping list. They could think about how many potatoes they’d need to buy? What’s for dessert?

Put some music on, dance around, and get your child to count out different actions with you – like 10 hops or 16 jumps – in time to the music. It’s a good way to use up some excess energy too!

Ask your child to write about a castle they would build for a King or Queen. They could think about how many rooms it would have, what might be in the rooms, and what they’d be used for.