What to do with this activity?
Fidget spinners are very popular at the moment and there are lots of cheap ones in the shops. But why not try to make one yourselves - a good way of getting to know how they work.
Here's a video from LHack TV that show you how to make one from bottle caps. If you have a lego enthusiast in the family, have a go at this LEGO fidget spinner from Frugal Fun for Boys and Girls.
For another type of homemade fidget spinner you need a central bearing (the sort you might get from an old skate board). Follow the instructions on this video from Makezine.com.
Your child will need help with making these fidget spinners - it's great to work on a project together. Encourage them to do as much of the work as possible. That will make it more satisfying when they show their friends.
Why am I doing this?
Children improve their language by hearing how words are used in everyday life. Chatting to your child helps build their communication skills. Getting your child to tell you stories or explain things, helps them to put ideas in the right order. This is an important skill for listening and speaking.
How can I do more?
When you’re out and about with your child ask them to recall little things that happened on previous trips. For example, “Do you remember what we saw here yesterday?” This helps your child to recall, listen, speak and to become more aware of their surroundings – good skills for listening and speaking.
But remember, to listen well, first let your child finish what they are saying. Avoid too many questions that might interrupt their train of thought. Try not to think about what you want to say next. Concentrate on what your child is saying. Check with them that you understood, for example, “So what you are saying is…”
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