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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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Handy tips

Try spotting shapes together – how many circles, triangles or squares can your child spot in the room. After they’ve named the shape, they could look for other items with the same shape.

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!

Even mealtimes can turn into storytimes. Ask your child to create a story about the Cutlery family – with characters like Peggy Plate, Jamie Knife, Fiona Fork and Baby Spoon.