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What goes together?


  • Find some objects from around the house that are used together such as cup, juice, toothpaste, toothbrush, sock, shoe, hat, glove, butter, bread, child friendly knife, fork, pen, paper.

  • Mix the objects up and ask your child if they can find which objects go together.

  • Each time they find a pair ask them to say why the objects go together, encourage sentences such as 'the toothpaste and tooth brush go together because you use them to brush your teeth'.

  • Using words such as ‘and’ and ‘because’ will help your child to make longer and more complex sentences.

Father and Children


Story telling


  • Encourage your child to tell a story, it might help to have props such as teddies, dolls, puppets or action figures. 

  • Encourage them to tell you what happened. If they say a sentence wrong, say it back to them correctly. E.g. your child says 'he runned all the way', you say 'oh he ran all the way'

  • Ask your child what they think will happen next in the story. 

  • Watch this activity at BBC Tiny Happy People


Action replay

  • After your child has watched an episode of their favourite programme encourage them to tell you what has happened in the programme.

  • Prompt them to include who was in the programme, where the characters were, what happened and why it happened and how the characters were feeling.

  • Words such as who, where, what, why and how are really important for your child’s language development.


Matching and opposites

  • Find a few objects or toys from round the house.

  • Let your child pick an object. Use a describing word for the object, such as fluffy, shiny, tiny, heavy.

  • See if your child can find something that matches, e.g. if it's fluffy, can they find something else around the house that is also fluffy.

  • Next, see if your child can find something opposite, e.g. if it's heavy, can they find something not heavy or light?

  • Watch an opposites activity at BBC Tiny Happy People


Sounds in stories


  • Look at a book, comic or magazine with your child.

  • You can read it or just talk about the pictures.

  • Explore the sounds in the story, what noises do animals, vehicles or characters make?

  • What sounds do they begin with? E.g. tiger begins with 't'. Are there any other things in the picture beginning with 't'?

  • Are there any words that rhyme? E.g. fox rhymes with socks.

  • Talking about sounds and rhymes will help to develop important skills for reading. 

  • Watch this activity at BBC Tiny Happy People

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