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Hungry Little Minds | Activities to boost children’s communication skills

Published: 22 July 2019

Improving early communication, language and literacy development is a key priority for the government and a cornerstone of building a country that works for everyone. Some of the poorest children in the UK start school months behind their peers and the gap can grow through their school years. Children with poor vocabulary skills at age five may be up to twice as likely to be unemployed in their 30s.

From July 2019 The Department for Education has launched a new campaign called Hungry Little Minds. The campaign encourages parents and carers to engage in stimulating activities in the early stages to boost their children's communication, language and literacy skills.

Children soak up every little bit of stimulation you can give them. It’s all the little things that make a big difference with the development of their speech and understanding of words. Everyday moments can be used to boost your child’s learning, and they are interested in all sorts of things. Take a look at the activities you try today.

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or search Hungry Little Minds for simple tips and activities or to find out what’s available where you live and help set them up nicely for school.

  

Remember:

  • Kids will make a game out of almost anything. When you play with them you can see their imaginations light up. Whether it’s I spy while on the bus, peek-a-boo at bath-time or even a game of teddy bears’ picnic at tea-time.

  • Kids love to talk about all sorts of things. It all goes in, even when they’re too young to say much back. So just go with what they are interested in.

  • Kids love it when you read with them. It all goes in. Every single word. From a book, a magazine, even a shopping list.