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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.

Read new words

When you come across some new words, try sounding them out together.

Try it out: Reading and sounding out new words really helps bring them to life, and makes it easier for youngsters to remember them. You can follow new words with your finger as you read them with your child - and to really get them thinking, you could talk about which words rhyme with the new word they’ve learned.

Pop new words on scrap paper

How’s this for an easy way to make tricky words that little bit less troublesome?

Try it out: You can have fun turning tricky or new words into a game, by writing them down on a post-it or a piece of paper and sticking them to the fridge. Then when you’re in the kitchen together, your child can read the words to you.

Take stories everywhere

Kids love stories - and they often enjoy being the storyteller! So why not let your child read to you?

Try it out: By taking a book with you wherever you go, you can read together wherever you are! It’s an easy way to turn a bus journey, a visit to the park, or even a quiet afternoon at home into an adventure - especially if your child gets to choose what to read to you!

Hey! There are loads of fun ways to Write too.

Don't forget about the everyday Count ideas.

Handy tips

Lots of kids are fascinated by space, and the idea of walking on the moon. You could take a chat about space travel even further, and watch some YouTube videos together, or interviews with astronaut Tim Peake. A question like ‘What would you take into space?’ could inspire some fun replies! And you could help your child to write down five items they would take into space with them.

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.

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.