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On your phone

Sending messages to pals and family members is something we all do every day. Getting your child involved with writing and sending messages is also great fun for both of you – and a good way to keep them engaged whether you’re at home, or out and about.

Spell their name

Get your child to spell out their name to sign off a message. Explain how a text message works, then talk about the person you’re messaging and tell your child what you’re going to say. When you’re sending the text message, they could sign it off by spelling out their name.

Write a message

Why not write a text message together? You could decide together who you’re going to text, and talk about what you’re going to say. Your child could then write the text message (or tell you what to write).

Send a message

Have a go at getting your child to write and send a message. When you’ve decided who you’re going to text, you could encourage your child to write their own text message and send it. They’ll love reading the reply when it comes in, too.

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Handy tips

Most kids love popping bubble wrap – and if you have lying around at home, why not have a bubble wrap race? Who can pop the most in a minute? You can count the burst bubbles together to find out.

Create a tally chart, for example to find out the family’s favourite animal or fruit or TV show. You could also do it the other way round, and find out which vegetable or type of music is their least favourite!

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?