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Try some rhyme time

Coming up with words that rhyme is a great way to keep your child entertained for hours – and it’s guaranteed to get you both giggling.

Shark in the Park

When you’re reading the story together, after each page you could ask your child to help you the rhyming words. To give them a helping hand, try pointing to the pairs of words that rhyme before you turn to the next page.

Shifty McGifty and Slippery Sam

While you’re reading the story together, you could pick out pairs of rhyming words as you go (e.g. 'Me' and 'tea' and 'sob' and 'Bob'). At the end of the story, for miles more smiles together, get your child to say or write down as many words they can think of that rhyme with 'cake'.

Gigantosaurus

As you’re reading the story, you could help your child find pairs of rhyming words on the page (e.g. 'sun' and 'fun', and 'crunch' and 'lunch'). Then, choose a word from the book together - and encourage your child to write down all the words they can think of that rhyme with that word.

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Handy tips

Writing a list can be a great way for kids to use their imagination. Ask your child what they’d pack if they were going into the jungle? What might they find there, and would they need to include any special items?

Play ‘guess what happens next’ when reading stories together. Kids have a great imagination, and it’s amazing what they can think up!

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.