How to help your child develop their reading, writing and numeracy skills.

Your child’s early years is a time when they can build their foundation skills to help them on their future journey of learning.

Your child learns so much through play. Without a formal approach to ‘teaching’ your child will be absorbing information about their world as they explore materials, discover techniques and develop skills.

Along with reading together, helping your child explore shapes and make marks will support your child to understand their world, form letters and to build their confidence.

Exploring and understanding shapes can help your child’s development in the following ways:

Create and explore with shapes

Verbal communication

Try to describe your environment without using a shape description? Our world is made up of shapes and so it is helpful for our children to be able to describe and understand what they see and feel.  

Shapes help your child learn in different ways

Logic Skills.

Shapes begin to teach the concept of same and different. Children can start to group objects together which is important when they learn how to count, add and subtract.

Playing and exploring shapes helps your child to be able to sort and recognise similarities and differences and this also helps them to develop their analytical skills.

Creative activities help your child explore and understand their world

Practice for numbers and letters.

Letters are made up of shapes, so by exploring shapes children gain a better understanding of how to form letters. As they start to learn about shapes they start to learn about the number of sides a shape has and this, in turn, supports their understanding of what counting is and why it’s helpful.

Here are some simple steps to help your child read and write;

  1. Start with exploring shapes and marks 
  2. Describe the world around you
  3. Encourage mark making
  4. Create with shapes
  5. Create your own shapes
  6. Recognise differences and similarities
  7. Match, sort and count
  8. Play with shapes
  9. Make marks with friends
  10. Experiment with new shapes
  11. Count together
  12. Have fun together
  13. Read together 

Mark making develops kids writing skills

The award-winning Creation Station programme of 'Shimmy Shimmy Shapes' is designed to support you and your child through fun, hands-on creative journeys of exploration, discovery and development. Creative activities can help your child develop a wide range of essential early years skills.

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29th Jun

Excellent service! Great choices!

In the middle of lockdown, we ordered a number of craft packs from Alexis and were very pleased with the service. She helped us to choose some fantastic kits that our 4 year old loved. They were all great quality and personally delivered very quickly. I have already and would continue to highly recommend the creation station. I also run a homeschooling group on Facebook and can confirm that the members have all been really pleased with the offering and service available.

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26th Jun

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I absolutely loved Nats class!! She made myself and my daughter feel so welcome on zoom!!! The class had a really cosy, casual feel, but I also learnt a new skill!!! Nat took time to make sure each of us felt confident! She valued our art and gave us lots of praise! I'm not arty, but I came away thinking I can do this!! This was my first class with Nat, and I will definitely be joining one of her classes again!!

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26th Jun

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Had a fab online mandala class with Alexis last night from the comfort of my own garden in North Staffs. Alexis made the whole thing really easy to follow, went the extra mile with our resources and I was super pleased with the result. She's also provided craft packs for my kids during lockdown which have been amazing.

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24th Jun

Online Mandala Class

I really enjoyed the online Mandala class with Nat at Stafford South. She was really great at explaining the technique and made sure everyone felt at ease. There was a good mix of conversation and concentration! Nat was very professional, friendly and encouraging. I will definitely be doing more of her online classes in the future.

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24th Jun

Mandala class…

I attended the online Mandala class last with Nat, I loved it Nat made me fell at ease and had a great time creating some art. Something I am going to do with my children this week. Thank Nat!

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Create club

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Online button canvas session was thoroughly enjoyable and most absorbing. Really pleased with finished result.