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Is your 3 or 4 year old excited about Halloween this year? Help them make these simple pumpkin face masks. All you need is an orange paper plate (or one that's painted orange), some black paper and glue, and a lollipop stick. Instructions here from the Coffee Cups and Crayons website.
Show your child how to hold it up to their face and then reveal themselves saying "boo". You can use this on trick or treat night.
One of the ways children learn is through play. A child who is playing is refining learning skills that continue to develop during childhood and beyond. Indoor and outdoor games are a great way of practising some of the reading, writing and number skills your child has learned.
Spending time playing with your child is a great way of helping them learn. Games like "Simon says" and "One, two, three red lights" are great fun. There are lots of activities you can do like playing card games or board games when you can have a quiet time together. Your child can learn the rules by watching a dry run first. Then you can play for real. An important thing to learn is that you don't always win. It can be good for young children to win, to give them confidence but learning to lose is important too. There will be many times in life when you don't win and learning to cope with that is a good life skill you can teach your child too.
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