3-5 year old boy with mum reading book

3-5 years

Your child will be learning new things every day. This is an important age to encourage your child to play with others, look at books they like and chat lots.


Talking to your child shows you’re interested in them and care about them. The more they get the chance to speak, the more they’ll learn.

  • My favourite meal food on plate

    My favourite meal

    This activity will get your child chatting about the things they like to eat.

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  • Going to the supermarket with your child

    Shopping trip hunt

    This game can help entertain your child while you’re out shopping together.

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  • Point and see child and parent

    Out and about

    This game can help your child learn words and practise talking when you’re out.

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Playing games helps prepare your child for the world. They’ll learn about taking turns, taking risks, emotions and playing well with others.

  • Making puppets with your child craft activity

    Making puppets

    This puppet making activity combines reading with playing and crafts.

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  • toys for the memory game

    The memory game

    This is an easy game to play at home. It encourages your child to talk, think and play.

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  • We're going on a bear hunt sharing book

    Going on a bear hunt

    This children's book is a story you can act out at home to get your child excited about books and play.

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Reading stories helps children understand change, challenges and feelings. It doesn’t have to be a complicated book. A magazine, comic or made up story will work too.

  • little girl with glue

    Make a memory book

    Help your child learn about reading, drawing, and choosing things they like.

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  • Make your own story with your young child

    Make your own story

    Making up stories helps your child learn to use their imagination and communicate.

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  • boy pointing to book with mum

    Choose a favourite book

    Looking at books together helps your child feel confident when they start learning to read.

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