Books are a great way to explain how the world works. They make it easier for children to understand more about people’s feelings and emotions.

  • Happy endings
  • Add a friend
  • Book review
Relax with a story together. When you get to the end, talk about how the story might have ended differently - What would have happened if a pink dinosaur arrived? What about if the story was set in space? Think of as many different endings together as you can.
Fill the afternoon with some stories together. Talk about the different characters as you turn each page - How are they feeling? Are they funny, scary or sensible? What colours are they wearing? When you've finished the story, encourage your child to draw a character that you could add to the story.
Sit down and read a story together. Take it in turns to read different parts - you could try reading a page each at a time. When you're finished, help your child to write a 'book review' - What did they like about the book? Who was their favourite character? And what was their favourite part of the story?

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

Don't forget about the everyday Count ideas.

Handy tips

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Visit the library to borrow new books whenever you can

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Keep old envelopes and flyers to write on

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Talk about how long everyday events take (e.g. cooking times, journey times)