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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

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.

Playing dice games with your child is a simple way you can help them with their counting.

Try breakfast by numbers, using your morning cereal packs to count the number of words beginning with the same letter. Or, for fun, you could try and find rhyming words together.