Your baby could hear you talking even before they were born. They recognised your voice right from the start. They might not understand the words that you say, but they will be listening and learning.You can talk about what you are doing right now and what you are going to do.It’s time to change your nappy. Here we go - onto the change table. Let’s take off that wet nappy. I’m
Children are naturally inquisitive and want to know about the world and what is happening around them. The way they express their wonder and curiosity is by asking questions.Your child might ask questions about what they see and hear or about where you are going.Where does the sun go at night?
Language development; Listening; Questioning; Vocabulary
There’s something in the letterbox!Junk mail that arrives in your letterbox might look like rubbish to you, but children love it. Next time you find catalogues in the mail take some time to look at them with your child.Let’s see what these are about. What can you see on this page?You can use food catalogues to plan your meals for the week. Talk with your child about favourite
Book knowledge; Concepts of print; Language development; Numbers; Vocabulary
Many cultures share and tell their stories through the colour, designs, placement and patterns printed or woven into their fabric and cloth.The fabric can tell you the story of where a person lives, what animals or food can be found in the environment and who they are connected to. It can even tell you the age and status of the person wearing the cloth.Next time you are out
Language development; Observation; Patterns; Questioning; Reading; Shapes; Sorting and grouping; Visualisation; Vocabulary
Use photos of your child and their adventures to make special books for them. Choose some photos together and print them out. Glue them on pages so they make a story. Your child can help to add decorations like stickers or drawings. Write the story in the book together and then join the pages with cable ties or ribbons. Your child will love hearing you read a story about them.
Book knowledge; Concentration; Concepts of print; Creativity; Language development; Reading; Vocabulary
Drawing and writing doesn’t just happen inside. Outside can be a great place to draw and write too.Give your child some chalk to draw with when they are outside. They could draw on cement, walls or fences. When your child is drawing or writing outside they are able to make very big pictures or letters.Can you draw a big picture of yourself? Is it bigger than you?How big can
Children naturally want to move and be active and will try out different ways for their bodies to move. You can combine language with your child’s natural interest in moving. As you talk, sing or chant with your child you can combine action rhymes and words with movement patterns. Take turns leading the rhyming and instructions. You could make up nonsense words that rhyme.
Language development; Listening; Spatial awareness
Have you ever noticed how much writing there is on clothing? Some of it’s on the outside and some is on the inside. Point out the writing as you help your child get dressed.Look at the writing on your T-shirt. Can you find the letter that your name starts with?When you are shopping for your child’s clothes show them the label and talk about the size you are looking for.You
Different things are special in different families. We mark these special occasions with a card. It might be for the birth of a baby, a birthday, National days, naming days or cultural celebrations.After the big day has been celebrated and it is time to take down the cards, what will you do with them?Cards can be used for cutting and drawing, sewing around, creating new cards
Concepts of pictures; Concepts of print; Creativity