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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.

Hang on! Try my amazing Read ideas.

Don't forget about the everyday Count ideas.

Handy tips

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

Read a book together and play I-Spy with the pictures – can your child find something in the book beginning with say P? Or D? You could try lots of other letters, too.

Kids love doing grown-up things. So the next time you pop out for a few things at the shops, why not let your child have a go at counting out and paying at the till?