All the fun activities that you do with your child at home are important in supporting their learning and development, and have a really long lasting effect on your child’s learning as they progress through their early years life and beyond.
Talk about the numbers, colours, words and letters you see when you are out and about
Sing and tell nursery rhymes
Allow your child to cut out and stick pictures from magazines
Plant seeds or bulbs in a pot or garden patch
Cook / bake together
Use the weather – shadows, rain puddles, snow, wind, mist and sun – to extend your child’s vocabulary
Explore the park at a different time of the year – go off the beaten track
Talk to your child at every opportunity – e.g. what you are doing that day
Share a book
On a trip to the supermarket, talk about all the different packaging shapes
Even when your child is very young and is not yet able to talk, talking to them helps them to learn and understand new words and ideas. If you make the time every day to do some of the following things with your child it will make a real difference to your child’s confidence as a young learner.
If you're looking for new ideas for things to do then find out what is on offer at your local children’s centre. Many offer ‘messy play’ activities which you and your child can join in with, and many of the activities they provide are free. Staff can also give you advice about the kinds of books or other activities your child might enjoy at different ages.