Share a story
Can your child talk about the pictures/ say what might happen next/ tell you why they like/ don't like the story & why?
Can she/ he think about another story it is similar to?
Play a game of sleeping lions with your child.
Encourage him/ her to take deep breaths in through their nose & out through their mouth as you do so. Can he/ she lie still for more than 2 minutes?
Memory games can help brain development.
The Tray Game
1. Put a few familiar objects on a tray.
2. Ask your child to look at each object & try to remember it.
3. Cover the tray with a cloth.
4. Without your child seeing, remove one of the objects.
5. Take away the cloth and ask your child to think about which object is missing.
6. As your child gets better at this game, slowly increase the number of objects.
Let your child give and follow instructions.
Can they do 2-step instructions, e.g. Put your hand on your head and sit on the floor?
1.Ask your child to take a good look at a room and then ask them to step outside while they count to 20 aloud (this also encourages them to count).
2. Change something in the room ( you could move an object, turn the lights on, hide a cushion, etc).
3. Ask them to step back in and notice what is different.
4. Change roles. Make sure they can hear you counting.
1.Count to 100 with your child, especially when you're walking or moving.
2. 1-1 correspondence: can your child count how many apples are in a fruit bowl, etc. ?
3. Encourage simple addition/ subtraction, e.g. If 5 leaves are on a branch and 2 more grow, how many will you get altogether? Make this as challenging as your child needs it to be.
Days of the Week/ Months of the Year
Can your child teach you these songs? Encourage your child to tell you which day it is every morning. What day was it yesterday? Which day will it be tomorrow? What is this month? Is it special for any reason?
When you do things around the house/ outside with your child:
1. Encourage them to use their senses. E.g. Can they guess an object in a bag? How does it look/ sound/ smell/ feel?
2. Support your child to use positional language by telling/ asking them what you are doing first, second, third, etc.
3. Help your child to learn opposites by comparing people/objects, e.g. that man is very tall, but his friend is ...