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10 ways to keep your kids entertained this summer

Can’t wait for six whole long weeks of fun or dreading the time stretching ahead of you? Whichever may be the case for you, we have some great suggestions for ways you can proactively keep your child’s English and Maths skills from waning and have fun together at the same time.

  1. Make up a rhyme or a rap with your child to help them remember times tables…a good way to pass the time in a car journey!
  2. Encourage your child to write by making recipe cards, stories and letters together.
  3. Take your child to the library to let them discover different books and new authors. Reading a wide variety of books will keep it exciting and fun.
  4. Look at prices and compare amounts when shopping. Use receipts to find differences between prices.
  5. Create flash cards to help with spelling – write problematic words on cards or post-it notes and display them around the house.
  6. Make English fun – look for words on signs, play games like I Spy but start with: ‘I am thinking of a noun beginning with…’
  7. Play board games, such as a simplified version of Monopoly and dice games, such as Yahtzee, taking opportunities to add and subtract numbers and money.
  8. Ask your child to keep a summer holiday diary for practice with writing about events in a chronological order.
  9. Cooking with your child provides opportunities to use measures – reading scales, converting between units and calculating with amounts.
  10. Spend time reading and looking through books (both fiction and non-fiction) asking your child to find different types of grammar or punctuation, e.g. ‘find the adjective’ and ‘spot the speech mark’.

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