Hungry Little Minds - Ideas and Activities for 3 to 5 Year Olds
Simple ideas and activities to try with your child:
In your routine
- Try sharing familiar books at bedtime. Pause when reading so that your child can join in. Talk about the sounds at the beginning of words and words that start with the same sound (like words beginning with P).
- Encourage your child to recall what has happened in the story. For example, ‘Why is bear feeling sad?’ Ask them to guess what might happen – ‘What should they do next?’ – or how the story might end – ‘Do you think they’re going to find the treasure? Where could it be?’
On the go
- When you are out and about, talk to your child about what they can see. Play games like, ‘I spy with my little eye something beginning with…’ and say the first sound of the thing that you can see – ‘something beginning with b-b-b-b.’ You can go first and show your child how the game works.
- Try role-playing games together such as shopping. Set items out on the sofa, give your child a bag and some pretend money. Then switch roles and let them be the shopkeeper.
- Play teddy bears’ picnic. Put soft toys in a circle and give your child a few cups and spoons. Give your child a chance to tell you what to do like, ‘Stir teddy’s tea.’
- Plan a treasure hunt game, where your child has to listen to your instructions to find a clue or an object. For example, ‘Try looking behind the sofa’.
We have created a list of fun, affordable activities and groups suitable for 0 to 5's with a focus on music, the outdoors, language development and storytelling. Follow the link below to see what you can do together in Cornwall.
Who to contact
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- A Campaign by the Department for Education
You can find out more information and get more ideas and activities to do with your child from the following websites:
- Small Talk – ideas and activities from the National Literacy Trust.
- I CAN – for more information about children’s communication.
- A Better Start – for more information about building young brains.
- NSPCC provides free ‘brain-building tips’ for children.
- Bilingualism Matters provides information about children learning more than one language.
- Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists can provide support if you’re worried about your child’s speech and language development.