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Feel the love

Storybook characters and finger puppets are a fantastic way to help your child understand how the world works. Using everyday activities like these also gives them the chance to express how they feel about themselves and the world around them – and that can help the ideas flow when they’re reading and writing.

Mr Tiger goes wild

Mr Tiger becomes wilder each day and discovers new things he likes to do. Encourage your child to write a list of Mr Tiger’s favourite activities in their booklet.  Ask them which they would prefer to do and why?

Story titles

Roll the story cubes and make up a title of a story using all three images.

Finger puppets

Choose your favourite character together, then point to their face and encourage your child to describe how that character might be feeling - are they happy, sad, excited or hungry? You could flip it over and talk about how the puppet is feeling now - did they become sad or happy? And what happened to make them feel different? .

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Don't forget about the everyday Count ideas.

Handy tips

Singing counting songs such as 5 currant buns, 10 green bottles, can be a great way to help your child count backwards.

Get your kids to help a ‘book buddy’ to read. Buddies can be a younger sister or brother, or even a favourite soft toy. Letting your child help their book buddy to read will keep them occupied, and help them with their own reading.

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?