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Activities to try at home

 

Personal, Social, Emotional Development

To help your child develop relationships with others, increase self-confidence and self-awareness and manage their feelings and behaviour, here are a few ideas to try at home:

  • Encourage your child to take his/her own coat on and off.
  • Encourage your child to say please and thank you.
  • When playing with your child, support them in sharing
  • Allow them to choose some toys themselves and reflect on opinions about these toys; e.g. this is my favourite doll/car.
  • Ensure that your child is able to go to the toilet unaided.
  • Try to support your child in taking turns with others.
  • Encourage your child to talk about their feelings.

 

Communication and Language

To help with your child’s listening and attention, understanding, speaking, here are a few ideas to try at home:

  • Talk about everything you are doing.
  • Model language providing key words for your child to repeat.
  • Increase vocabulary and identify sounds: play word games such as I spy.
  • Talk about the stories you read together.
  • Retell familiar stories together.
  • Give one/two word instructions of little jobs for your child to do.

 

Physical Development

To help develop your child’s moving and handling skills, health awareness and self-care skills, here are a few ideas to try at home:

  • Encourage your child to handle small and large equipment.
  • Allow your child to use scissors. pencils and small tools to develop their fine motor skills.
  • Allow your child to run, hop, skip, jump and find different ways of travelling.
  •    Provide opportunity to climb up, over, along, under and through play equipment.
  •  Play games such as follow the leader and change actions to develop motor skills and coordination.
  • Discuss changes to their bodies after exercise; heart beating faster, feeling hot etc.
  •    Encourage your child to wash their hands before eating.