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Smart shoppers

Whether you’re doing the weekly big shop, picking up a few essentials, or shopping online, it’s always good to have a have a wee helper. Checking prices, adding up and counting coins is a practical way you can help your child understand numbers, and make them part of everyday life.

Price matching

While you’re shopping, 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.

At the check out

Kids love doing grown-up things. So the next time you pop out for a few things at the shops, why not let your child have a go at counting out and paying at the till?

What’s in your basket?

Have a go at making a simple shopping list together, and look online to work out how much it would cost. What's the change from £10? If you’re shopping online, why not let your child help you put things into your basket? They could check the total with you as you along.

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Handy tips

Most kids love popping bubble wrap – and if you have lying around at home, why not have a bubble wrap race? Who can pop the most in a minute? You can count the burst bubbles together to find out.

Ask them to write a story about the insect they saw. What’s their name? How big is their family? Where are they going? Do they have any superpowers?

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?