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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

Singing counting songs such as 5 currant buns, 10 green bottles, can be a great way to help your child count backwards.

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?

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.