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Imagination games

Kids have amazing imaginations. You can find out so much about what’s going on in your child’s mind by doing simple activities together – like these.

Secret agents

Children can put their imagination to just about anything, and they’ll enjoy pretending a shopping list or even a simple reminder note is a top secret document. They’ll soon be feeling like real secret agents if you create a password together, or look up a recipe for invisible ink pens to create your mystery messages.

Amazing inventions

Asking your child a question like 'What does an inventor do?' can be an interesting way to get them thinking. If they're not sure, you could talk about characters in books and films - like Willy Wonka - and real people, like Steve Jobs (the guy who invented Apple iPads and iPhones). You could explain that an inventor creates new things that people have never seen before. Your child could even try inventing something, and with your help write a sentence or two to describe it.

Spaceman shopping list

'What does a spaceman do?' Lots of kids are fascinated by space, and the idea of walking on the moon. You could take a chat about space travel even further, and watch some YouTube videos together, or interviews with astronaut Tim Peake. A question like 'What would you take into space?' could inspire some fun replies. And you could help your child to write down five items they would take into space with them.

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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?

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

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.