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Every second counts

Children really like looking at newspapers and magazines. They’ll love reading ‘grownups’ stuff and looking at the pictures with you. Show them football scores or chat to them about the stories – it’s a great excuse for some quiet time and a wee cuddle together.

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Handy tips

Plan your next party – write out a list of who to invite, and make your own invitations

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.

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.