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Activities that encourage concentration and control of small finger and hand movements are very good for your child's brain development. One craft activity that your child might enjoy is stitching. We think that stitching on stiff card (or similar) is easier than stitching on cloth, so start with that. Make sure you have a suitable large needle and coloured thread.
Here are some tips and projects that your child might enjoy. Notice that this is an activity for both boys and girls.
1) Stitching on polystyrene or paper plates - inspiration from "Make it & love it".
2) Stitch heart shapes on paper plates - from "Happy Hooligans".
3) Ideas and tips on how to stitch onto card from "Kiwi Crate".
4) Make stitched book marks as presents, from "Grey lustre girl".
Stitching often involves careful counting. Make that part of the learning experience.
Children learn numbers and maths in a natural way through play and everyday activities. It’s different to school and should always be fun and practical – that way your child will enjoy working with numbers.
Your child also develops a sense of patterns and what time means in everyday life. This is important for helping your child to manage everyday activities – going places, how long they have to wait and understanding when things will happen in the future.
Talking about numbers helps your child’s fluency in counting, estimating and understanding numbers and money in everyday life. It takes time for children to understand addition and subtraction so use objects when helping them understand this or when doing their homework.
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