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Halloween is an exciting time, especially getting dressed up and going "trick or treating" in your area. At three or four they need to be well supervised. Make sure your child is polite to your neighbours, and says "thank you" whenever someone gives them a treat.
Halloween costumes don't have to be expensive. You can make pretty good costumes, from ghosts to mummies, skeletons to super heroes, out of old clothes. Get ten great ideas here from Kidspot. For more ideas, click on the yellow activity link below. Or why not make this very simple bin bag skeleton from Activity Village.
Talk to your child about what character they are dressed up as, and how that character might behave.
Children’s ability to think and understand experiences develops by listening and speaking. As a child’s language becomes more complex so does their ability to understand more complex thoughts and ideas. The family is the child’s first source of language and learning and there are lots of everyday activities that occur in the home, which can help children’s language skills. Your child will get better at using words when they practice words and hear the sounds of words.
Just keep talking and listening. Normal routines provide lots of opportunities for conversation and for all the family to learn new things. If you are walking down a street, point out things you see and talk about them. Explain new words, show the colours or point out shapes. Ask your child what animals or buildings they like. There’s no end to what you can talk about together.
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