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Make a ping pong ball shooter (or better still, two ping pong ball shooters) and spend hours of competitive fun, indoors or outdoors.
The Frugal Fun for Boys and Girls website shows you how to make one from recycled materials.
Ping pong balls are very light, so might travel quite far. They won't hurt anyone if they score a hit.
Set challenges - see who can shoot it the furthest, and measure how far that is. See how accurately you can shoot - try and hit a target, or aim for a bucket.
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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