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Primary 2 Activity Bag

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What's inside?

The Primary 2 activity bags is packed full of exciting items which allow you and your child to spend time playing, learning and having fun together. Take a peek inside and you will find:

  • A tale of two beasts by Fiona Roberton
  • Open very carefully by Nicola O’Byrne and Nick Bromley
  • A notebook and writing pencil
  • A wipe clean clock face and dry wipe pen with a Rockets and Meteors game on the reverse, two dice and six counters
  • An envelope containing finger puppets
  • A Read, Write, Count Parent Guide

A Tale Of Two Beasts

A Tale Of Two Beasts

A Tale Of Two Beasts

Reading with your child is a great way for both of you to enjoy some time together. And it’s never too late to start doing it! Inside the bag, you’ll find two books, specially chosen for you and your child. There are lots of tips in your parent guides, but here are a few simple ones to get you going:

Tip #1: Routine reactions

Before you open the book, look at the front and back covers together. Ask your child about what they see and what they think the story might be about.

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Tip #2: Animal count

If you’ve started a book but your child isn’t enjoying it, try a different one.

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Tip #3: Spot the difference

You can read to your child, they can read to you or you can take turns reading a page or paragraph each. Remember, even if your child can read already, it’s still a great idea to read to them.

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Tip #4: Same side of the story

What was the first activity that the girl and the beast did together and which was the last? With your child, compare the routine in both sides of the story.

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Open Very Carefully: A Book With Bite

Open Very Carefully: A Book With Bite

Open Very Carefully: A Book With Bite

There’s a crocodile stuck in this bedtime story! Can you help him escape? This book is lots of fun but you need to be very careful…

Tip #1: Letter munch

Crocodile likes to eat the letters o and s. Ask your child to work out if he would eat any letters from their name or anyone in your family’s name? Write down what their names would look like or try taking out different letters! Can you make any new words with the left over letters?

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Tip #2: Time to sleep

In the story, the crocodile falls asleep after being rocked. What do you think he dreamt about? Talk about what helps your child to fall asleep and ask them what else might work for the crocodile.

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Tip #3: Crocodile escape

At the end of the book, the crocodile escapes. Think of how he would escape from your house now and ask your child to describe the route. You could even draw a map in your notebook.

How long would it take you to get to your front door from where you’re sitting now? Would the crocodile be faster or slower than you?

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Tip #4: Animal escape

Challenge your child to imagine a different kind of animal interrupting a story or nursery rhyme which you know – what might happen? Help your child write a few sentences about this.

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Finger Puppets

We’ve got lots of fun and simple number games that you can do almost anywhere and are brilliant for having a hoot together. Here are a few they’ll love:

Tip #1: What’s the story?

Encourage your child to choose one of the characters. Talk about the different facial expressions on each side of the card. One could show how they feel at the start of a story and the other side how they feel at the end. What adventure could they go on to make them feel differently?

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Tip #2: Guess the puppet

Ask your child to write three clues about one of the puppets using describing words (like colours, size or features). When they have finished, ask your child to read out the clues to you – you have to guess which puppet your child is describing.

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Tip #3: Getting to school

Encourage your child to imagine their puppet is going to their school for the first time. How would they get there, would they walk or take a bus? How long might it take?

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Tip #4: Hide and seek

Ask your child to hide one of their puppets in a different place and write down instructions for you to follow to find it.

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Games to count on

There are lots of fun number games you can try in everyday activities with your child to spend some time together. The following ideas, tips and activities can add up to big smiles!

Tip #1: Special numbers

Encourage your child to find numbers on the board that are special to them, e.g. their birthday or house number. They could cover them up with counters and see how many they can find!

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Tip #2: Guess the number

Cover up a number on the board with a counter. Challenge your child to guess which number it is. Encourage them to look at the numbers before, after, above and below the hidden one.

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Tip #3: Number patterns

Look at the numbers on the board with your child and ask them if they can see any patterns - they could use their wipeable marker to outline them. Talk together about odd and even numbers (the odd and even squares are shown as two different colours on the board), the patterns in the columns up and down (0, 10, 20 or 11, 21, 31).

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Tip #4: Create a new game

Encourage your child to use their notebook and the Rockets and Meteors board to create a new game. They could write out the new instructions to share with their class or you could tweet us your ideas to share on the Read, Write, Count website.

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Gaelic translations

Visit the Gaelic4Parents website for audio versions of all the activity bag books.

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Last updated: 17 Oct, 2019