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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

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.

You can play guessing games anywhere and everywhere. It’s an easy way to make a walk to school, or a car or bus journey more fun. Just think of a number between 0-30 and get your child to guess what it is. You can help them by saying ‘higher’ or ‘lower’.

Read a book together and play I-Spy with the pictures – can your child find something in the book beginning with say P? Or D? You could try lots of other letters, too.