Activities for you and your child
3 to 5 years:
Learn about colours – at about three years of age, children will start to be able to recognise and name colours. At every opportunity ask questions about colours and name colours as you go – e.g. in the supermarket, “look at the yellow bananas”. Don’t worry if your child gets the colour wrong, this can take time, but continue to point out and name things with different colours.
Play number games – at about three years of age, children will start to be able to recognise and name numbers. At every opportunity ask questions about numbers and name numbers as you go. Don’t worry if your child gets the numbers wrong, this can take time, but continue to point out and count numbers – eg. when setting the table, together count the number of people coming and then get your child to count the knives, forks, plates etc. needed.
Go to the supermarket together – while bringing your child to the supermarket can be a difficult time, there are plenty of opportunities for your child to learn and explore. Make going to the supermarket fun, give them items to pick out for you, - you could play ‘find the item’.
HUG OF THE DAY
Children of all ages love to get their ‘hug of the day’. Mind you, some older children don’t appreciate getting their ‘hug of the day’ in front of their friends!
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