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When you go to the seaside, help your child to notice sea creatures on the beach, in rock pools, or in the sea. Look up books and websites to discover more about what you see. You'll find lots of information here on the Easy Science for Kids website, and some more interesting videos here. Or play this online game for some basic practice of the names of sea creatures (from the British Council).
Visit an aquarium near you and see creatures that live under the sea close-up. There is an aquarium each in Galway, Dingle County Kerry, and Bray County Wicklow. You might know of others.
Click here to see how much children learned on a day out at Sealife in Bray County Wicklow. A lot of the fish in an aquarium will be exotic and colourful - brought in from other countries. See if you can spot creatures that are found in Irish waters. Bring a little notebook and write down what you see. That way you can look up the sea creatures online when you come home and learn even more. See if your child can draw the surprising shapes of different sea creatures, and colour them in later.
Writing is like a muscle – the more your child practises it the stronger their writing ability will become. Your child is also more likely to write about things they like or are interested in – writing is a way to express yourself and using writing in this way can be more meaningful to a child. Word searches and crosswords can help with pattern recognition and spelling, and help build vocabulary and spelling.
Give your child lots of opportunities to write - notes, birthday cards, emails or text messages. Encourage your child to make and write their own books about something they are interested in, for example, cars, dinosaurs, fairies or dogs. They can draw or stick in their own pictures.
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