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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.

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

Don't forget about the everyday Count ideas.

Handy tips

Try breakfast by numbers, using your morning cereal packs to count the number of words beginning with the same letter. Or, for fun, you could try and find rhyming words together.

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.

Try taking it in turns to say alternate numbers to 30, while rolling or throwing a ball back and forth. Then, if you’re up for a challenge, try it backwards and in 2s. Start at different numbers, or if you don’t have a ball handy pat your tummy or clap your hands while you count.