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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.

Happily ever after

Sharing a story together can be fantastic fun - especially when you get to the last page and start thinking up different endings. What might have happened if a pink dinosaur had turned up? Or what if the story was set in space? Kids often really enjoy thinking up new endings, and it’s a great way to help your child stretch their imagination.

Add to your story

Why not fill a spare afternoon together with some stories? You could 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? Then, when you've finished your book, your child could draw a new character to add to the story for a real plot twist!  

You be the critic

Have a go at taking turns to read different parts of a story - or maybe read out a page each at a time. At the end, how about writing a 'book review'? You could get started by asking your young book reviewer what they liked or didn’t like about the book. Then maybe write two or three lines on your favourite character or part in the book.

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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.

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?

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!