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Does your child know how amazing fingerprints are? Let them have a look at their fingertips under a magnifying glass and notice the tiny ridges and the patterns the ridges make.
Finger prints come in three types of patterns - arches, loops and whorls. Which patterns do you see on your fingers?
No two fingerprints are ever the same. Even identical twins with exactly the same DNA (the building block that makes each of us who we are) don't have the same fingerprints. Because fingerprints are unique, it is possible to identify a person from just their fingerprints.
Have some fun making fingerprints on paper, or lifting fingerprints off a plastic surface using sellotape. Examine the patterns, and see how different the fingerprints of each member of your family are.
Nowadays it's possible to unlock technology like some mobile phones using a fingerprint rather than a pin number.
Pretend games help your child to develop their language skills and practise things they have seen and heard. Games and activities that build concentration and thinking skills are great for your child. They build skills such as being able to see patterns, being able to group things together and using numbers. Being able to join in games and working with you or other people on a project, is a life skill used every day and a way many people learn.
Encourage your child to tell you about games they play – with other children, at school or on the computer. Get them to explain the rules of the game to you. Imaginative play is important too so encourage your child in any creative play they are engaged in.
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