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Dip into different worlds

Books are a great way for kids to discover how things work – whether it’s the world around them, or feelings and emotions. Books open their minds to new experiences and fresh ideas – so they’re perfect for keeping your child entertained on rainy days, and keeping their mind occupied at the same time.

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Chat through stories

Your children will love you reading with them, especially if you ask questions as you go through the story together. It can help them remember new words, get more involved in the story, and keep them interested.

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Try some rhyme time

Coming up with words that rhyme is a great way to keep your child entertained for hours – and it’s guaranteed to get you both giggling.

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Making a meal

The kitchen can be an exciting place for children. So when you’re making meals, or even just putting the kettle on, why not get them involved? Try the activities below to have some family fun – and keep them busy.

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Sharing a book

Sharing a book is a calming way for you and your kids to take time out during a hectic day. It’s also a great opportunity to squeeze in a little reading. Pick out a book together, sit back – and relax.

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There’s a letter through the door!

‘Postie’s been.’ Even simple things like flyers and letters can help your children with their reading. They might enjoy reading to you about neighbourhood watch or bin collections.

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Library adventure

Got a spare afternoon? Why not take a trip to your local library together? There are loads of books that they’ll want to look at – and they’re free to borrow. It’s quite relaxing too.

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At the shops

Doing the food shopping doesn’t have to be boring – honestly. Here are some quick ideas to help you keep your child occupied, and get your groceries done all at the same time – sorted.

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Christmas Holiday 2017 – Deputy First Minister’s Maths Challenge

Fun, festive activities to keep your child busy over the holidays!

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Top 10 kids’ counting books

Counting is easy with these fab books. Check them out for free at your local library!

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Counting your way to school

This handy guide shows you all the ways you can count your way to school.

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Handy tips

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?

Pick somewhere your child goes to a lot – like their school, or the park, or a shop – and ask them to write down directions for how to get there from your home.

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!