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Make a list

Writing a list can help your child with their writing and spelling, and it can be a great outlet for their imagination. There are no limits to what a list can be about – and here some ideas for inspiration.

Go wild!

Ask your child what they'd pack if they were going into the jungle? What might they find there, and would they need to include any special items?

Fantastic feast

Get your child to think up an amazing banquet 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?

Party planners

Ask your child to help you plan your next get together with family and friends - or have fun thinking up a pretend party! Write out a list of who to invite, what you might have to eat, what games you might play - and then make your own invitations.

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Handy tips

If you don’t have stairs in your home, you could count footsteps on the way to bed instead. You could try guessing how many steps before they reach their bedroom door? How many steps from the door to their bed? Then count them out to get the number.

When you’ve finished reading a story, ask your child to write or draw a new story about their favourite character in the book.

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.