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

Next time you’re in a shop, get your child to look for prices and check how much different things cost. You could turn it into a bit of a treasure hunt, and look for items that cost more than and less than £1. Or look for any item that costs £2 exactly. If something is on offer – 2 for £1, say – you could help your child work out what each individual item costs.

Read a book together and play I-Spy with the pictures – can your child find something in the book beginning with say P? Or D? You could try lots of other letters, too.