Shared activities with parents and caregivers out and about as well as at home help your child to learn. Try visiting somewhere new, from a different library than your usual one to a museum or a special park where there will be new things to describe, explore and discover. Research has shown that these out of home activities together can have a positive impact on your child’s learning later on.
Read books anywhere, any time! If you’re going away on holidays with your family, pack some favourite books to help make bedtime familiar and fun. Share stories together at cafes and restaurants, at the beach or the park. Join the Summer Reading Club for more ideas about different ways to read and discover stories together.
Planning some long drives for summer holiday fun? Prepare for your baby’s drive by planning some familiar songs to sing and bringing a board book. Toddlers and preschoolers will enjoy doing hand actions to familiar songs and changing words of songs to things they can see out of the window. They might enjoy playing “I spy”, and you can ask them to look for objects based on either their colour (“I spy something that is red”) or their first letter and the sound it makes (“I spy something that starts with s, sssssssss”).