Exploring with your child

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The world is full of exciting words and pictures and things to do, feel and explore.

Going out for a walk helps your child learn. From cereal packets and street signs, to splashy puddles and fallen leaves – your child will find lots of things interesting. Walk at your child's pace, chat and take an interest in the things they notice and ask about. Encourage your child to explore the world around them with these tips.

Top tips

  • Go for a walk and talk about letters, words and numbers on street signs and shopfronts.
  • When shopping for food, compare sizes, colours and smells of fruits and vegetables.
  • When you are out and about, listen to the sounds you can hear, like traffic noises, sirens, music, dogs barking, birds singing and aeroplanes overhead. Talk about what you hear. Try to copy the sounds – can you make the same noise?

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How to make a picture card key ring

Picture card key rings are a great way of playing with your child. Try making a key ring of pictures you might see when you’re out and about.

What you need:

  • Pencil and paper for your shopping list
  • Pictures of fruit and vegetables
  • Child-safe scissors
  • Hole punch
  • String or ribbon for threading through the pictures

What you do:

Find a recipe and make a shopping list together by cutting out pictures of ingredients from leaflets and magazines.

Make a key ring by punching a hole in one corner of each picture and tying them together with string.

Let your child use the key ring when you go shopping. It will help them find the food by using the pictures. Talk together about what you see and count together how many you need.