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On the bus

Waiting for your stop on the bus or the train can be a bit of a drag, and kids can get restless. Read on for some activities that will keep your child occupied and help them write at the same time.

Write a list

How about writing a shopping list together? You could talk about the meals you’re making, and together list all the ingredients you need. Then maybe include things like cleaning products, toilet roll, milk and butter.

Use your finger

Use your ‘magic’ finger to write words in the air and ask each other to guess what the other person is writing. Get the fun started with short, three-letter words - like 'cat', 'bus' and 'red'.

Write your name

Steamed-up windows are perfect place to write your name. Get your child to write their name on the windows when they’ve steamed up. If they’re confident, ask them to write ‘hello’ backwards so that people on the streets can see it.

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Handy tips

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.

Kids love doing grown-up things. So the next time you pop out for a few things at the shops, why not let your child have a go at counting out and paying at the till?

Kids love to talk about their favourite characters from their tv shows or cartoons they like. You could get them to write about them, too. Ask your child to say why they like that character? Are they funny, clever, do they have special powers?