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St Colmcille's Nursery School, Downpatrick Co. Down

Ways to Help Your Child at Home

Alongside school-based ideas and support, Family Support NI have launched a new, improved, brighter and better website, which can be viewed at

Have a look at the website for lots of ideas and activities for you and your child to do together.

Mr Hullabaloo has a Facebook page which is excellent and covers lots of interesting and fun topicswww.

Maths activities to do at home

  • Count out the chips, sausages or carrots etc. as you serve them for dinner and you’ll reinforce his/her counting skills.
  • Cutting pizza or cake into eight slices gives your child a lesson in fractions—especially if you ask him to tell you how much pizza is left after you serve two slices.
  • Get your child to help sort out the washing: How many towels are there? Can you match the socks by colour?
  • Use a calendar and count the days until a birthday or a special holiday
  • Play simple board games where your child moves from one place to the next.
  • Use a dice to play a game and name the numbers
  • Let your child measure ingredients for a simple recipe
  • Look for shapes in the environment - road signs, windows, a clock, etc.

Help your child learn through their play by:

  • Giving your child space to play - don't fill their day with busy things.
  • Listening to your child and talking about their interests.
  • Playing with your child - encourage turn taking and don't always let your child win!
  • Setting clear boundaries and maintain them consistently - Value your child's opinion.
  • Ensure your child has regular playtime outside - enjoying space, climbing, cycling, throwing, catching, etc.
  • Creating a balance of play experiences where your child plays alone, with other children and adults.
  • Encouraging and helping your child to finish things - celebrate achievements
  • Telling your child you love them!
  • Seeing the world through your child's eyes!

Have a Good Bedtime Routine:

  • have a bath, then put on night clothes
  • have supper or a milky drink
  • brush teeth
  • go to bed 
  • share a bedtime story
  • have a goodnight kiss and a cuddle