8 tips for keeping kids entertained and learning during half term

Ah October half term… the little ones causing mayhem around the home in need of entertainment for a week.

This is a fantastic chance to spend quality time with the kids and to help them keep learning and building upon their first weeks back at school.

happy family mother and daughter read a book in evening

But learning during the holidays doesn’t have to mean sitting down for hours practising numbers and letters ­– there are many fun ways to help them absorb skills by exploring new places and subjects together as a family. Here’s some ideas…

1 Arrange a meet-up

Having just started school in September, your child will have hopefully made lots of new

friends in the playground so arranging meet-ups, like a picnic or a visit to the local park, is a great way to solidify these new friendships.

2 Practise counting to ten in your daily activities

This forms the core of maths learning in the first year of school – start looking at basic sums using practical items around the house to get your little one excited to learn.

3 Introduce books and stories

Then your little one can continue seeing how letters correspond to sounds and words to sentences. Sharing and reading a story together and pointing out specific sounds help to gently support this. LeapStart can provide additional support by helping children to recognise words and phonics through a range of fun activities.

4 See using apps as a positive

We all worry about too much screen time but good-quality, well-designed apps can be an engaging way to learn in a fun way for the child.

5 Role play

To help your child to feel comfortable approaching and talking to their teachers and to not be intimidated. With the LeapFrog Count Along Till, kids can run their own shop and use their imagination through role play, also aiding their number recognition and social play skills.

6 Practise sitting still!

Practise for half an hour at first and introduce sedentary activities, for example, completing a jigsaw puzzle, to help with this.

7 Encourage basic etiquette and social skills

Namely taking turns and listening when others speak, which a vital skill to have when entering the classroom for the first time. LeapStart helps children with basic communication, social and life skills.

8 Remind them how to recognise their name and other basic words and letters.

With Leapstart’s Leaping Letters, children race against the clock to find correct spots for all the letters, giving a recap of the alphabet in a fun, word-building game.

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