First 5 Forever while you wait
We wait a lot in our everyday lives. When we are at the doctor, the bus stop, in traffic, the queue at the supermarket or for that much-needed coffee – the minutes spent each day waiting soon add up to a large chunk of family time.
It may not seem like much to us, but when our kids are young, these small amounts of time together are the perfect opportunity to get some chat time happening, and turn a frustrating wait into something really valuable for your child.
So next time you’re in the queue or waiting room, why not make the inconvenience count by sparking a brain boosting chat with your little one? These interactions can help with your child’s development, while also making the minutes fly by faster. Here are a few ideas to get you started.
- Flip through a magazine. Can you find a picture of an animal or the letters in your child’s name?
- Give each of your fingers nicknames and make up a story.
- Can you spot some letters in the room, on posters or written on the windows? What sounds do they make?
- Why not carry a children’s book in your bag and share a story, wherever you are. Need more books? Go to your local library.
- What signs can you see out the car window? What are the pictures on the billboards – what do you think they’re about?