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Does your child know that all humans (and most animals) have a skeleton that supports their bodies? Without a skeleton we wouldn't be able to stand or move. An adult human has over 200 different bones, but a child has even more! Have fun learning the names of just some of the bones, and get your child to find those bones by pointing them out on their own body.
Here's an online game from Sheppard Software that will give your child a bit of practice with the names of important bones. Learn some interesting facts about skeletons and bones on the Science Kids website.
For a fun way to remember the names of the bones and where they are, sing along with this version of Dem Dry Bones and touch each bone in turn, from foot to head.
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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