Sharing stories can be a good way to calm them down and unwind when things are feeling hectic. Cuddle up with a book, get them to write you a story about life in space, or make up new words.
We have lots of ideas from parents for activities you can do to keep them busy at home and out and about with a story. And a nice bonus is that they all help with their reading and spelling!
Tip #1: Send them to sleep with a story
Tip #2: Happily ever after
Sharing a story together can be fantastic fun - especially when you get to the last page and start thinking up different endings. What might have happened if a pink dinosaur had turned up? Or what if the story was set in space? Kids often really enjoy thinking up new endings, and it’s a great way to help your child stretch their imagination.
Tip #3: Add to your story
Why not fill a spare afternoon together with some stories? You could talk about the different characters as you turn each page. How are they feeling? Are they funny, scary or sensible? What colours are they wearing? Then, when you've finished your book, your child could draw a new character to add to the story for a real plot twist!
Tip #4: Cut out letters
Tip #5: Describe a picture
Tip #6: You be the critic
Have a go at taking turns to read different parts of a story - or maybe read out a page each at a time. At the end, how about writing a 'book review'? You could get started by asking your young book reviewer what they liked or didn’t like about the book. Then maybe write two or three lines on your favourite character or part in the book.
Tip #7: Read new words
Reading and sounding out new words really helps bring them to life, and makes it easier for kids to remember them. You can follow new words with your finger as you read them with your child - and to really get them thinking, you could talk about which words rhyme with the new word they’ve learned.