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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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Don't forget about the everyday Count ideas.

Handy tips

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.

Plan your next party – write out a list of who to invite, and make your own invitations

You can play guessing games anywhere and everywhere. It’s an easy way to make a walk to school, or a car or bus journey more fun. Just think of a number between 0-30 and get your child to guess what it is. You can help them by saying ‘higher’ or ‘lower’.