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Talk to your child about the difference between living things (like plants, animals, insects) and other non-living things (like rocks, toy cars, balls). Tell them that:
1) living things can grow.
2) living things need energy (plants from the sun and water, animals from food)
3) living things reproduce (plants shed seeds, animals have babies).
4) living things are sensitive, so need to be treated carefully.
Here is an interactive video game from Goldridge that you might look at and talk about with your three or four year old.
This game from BBC's Bitesize might also be fun for them. Read the content out loud to them, and help with computer or phone skills as required. Choose the "medium" level at first. Both these links can be opened using Internet Explorer.
When you are out and about, talk about what you see - which are the living things and which things are not living?
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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