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Blog posts for: Age 3

Read Write Inc. guide for parents

Read Write Inc. guide for parents

Find out what Read Write Inc. Phonics is and find eBooks, videos, and kits to help your child as they learn to read with Read Write Inc. Phonics at home.

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Learn to read with phonics

Learn to read with phonics

What is phonics? Find out in our phonics guide for parents. Learn about Letters and Sounds, the phonics screening test, and how to practice phonics at home.

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Read with Oxford Stage 1

Read with Oxford Stage 1

Read with Oxford is an exciting range of levelled books to build reading confidence at home. Use Stage 1 to start your child on their reading journey.

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Books to inspire young scientists

Books to inspire young scientists

Science and engineering provide fantastic career opportunities, but science is not just for scientists – it’s a huge part of everyday life. A good grounding in science will help every child to navigate their world and make good decisions. Isabel Thomas recommends books for ages 3–11 to inspire your young scientist.

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Top 8 books about starting school

Top 8 books about starting school

Starting school is a big milestone in a child’s life – not to mention a parent/carer’s too! Here are eight engaging stories and picture books about starting school to share with your child, to gently prepare them for their first day.

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Cerrie Burnell’s top tips for reading bedtime stories

Cerrie Burnell’s top tips for reading bedtime stories

Sharing a book at bedtime helps develop your child’s vocabulary, gets them used to the idea of regular reading, and gives you both a great opportunity to bond. Children’s author Cerrie Burnell gives us her top tips for getting the most out of bedtime reading.

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Reading: Age 3–4 (Early years)

Reading: Age 3–4 (Early years)

Find out how your child’s reading skills will develop in nursery. Discover fun activities, ideas, and books to support your 3–4-year-old at home.

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8 fun ways to learn about shapes

8 fun ways to learn about shapes

Shapes are all around us and there are many ways you can start exploring them with your child. Get ideas on how to help familiarise your child with different shapes in all sorts of contexts.

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Maths: Age 3–4 (Early Years)

Maths: Age 3–4 (Early Years)

It’s never too early to explore numbers with your child. These ideas will help your child to explore numbers, giving them a great start to developing early maths skills and concepts.

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Biff, Chip and Kipper: Rhyming Games Flashcards

Biff, Chip and Kipper: Rhyming Games Flashcards

These exciting rhyming games encourage children to practise their letters and sounds. They will help your child link groups of letters with their sounds, recognise rhyming words, develop memory and concentration skills and develop early reading and spelling skills.

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Progress with Oxford Age 3–4

Progress with Oxford Age 3–4

Fun activity books to develop early numeracy and literacy skills. Try some free activities and help your child get ready for primary school.

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Julia Donaldson’s Songbirds: Phonics Games Flashcards

Julia Donaldson’s Songbirds: Phonics Games Flashcards

These exciting phonics games encourage children to practise their letters and sounds and have an awareness of rhyme. They will help children to link groups of letters with their sounds, recognise rhyming words, develop memory and concentration skills and develop early reading and spelling skills.

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Julia Donaldson’s Songbirds: Alphabet Games Flashcards

Julia Donaldson’s Songbirds: Alphabet Games Flashcards

These exciting alphabet games encourage children to practise their letters and sounds and have an awareness of rhyme. They will help children to link groups of letters with their sounds, to recognise individual letter shapes and sounds, and read and spell simple words.

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Big Words for Little People

Big Words for Little People

A series of picture books created by the language experts at Oxford University Press to introduce young children to the words they need to make sense of their feelings.

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Phonics: The Town Mouse and Country Mouse and Other Tales

Phonics: The Town Mouse and Country Mouse and Other Tales

This beautifully illustrated Stage 1 book is filled with the traditional stories of The Town Mouse and the Country Mouse; The Gingerbread Man; The Enormous Turnip; and Get the Rat. The tales have been re-written so that children can read for themselves and develop their phonics skills.

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Biff, Chip and Kipper: I Can Read Kit

Biff, Chip and Kipper: I Can Read Kit

Packed full of fun activities, engaging stories and useful tips, this kit provides you with everything you need to celebrate your child’s progress and keep their interest in reading alive. Biff, Chip, Kipper and Floppy the dog are all at hand to guide your child’s learning, while stickers help build your child’s confidence.

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Julia Donaldson’s Songbirds: Bob Bug and Other Stories

Julia Donaldson’s Songbirds: Bob Bug and Other Stories

This collection of twelve fun stories by Julia Donaldson helps your child build phonics skills at home. Discover what life would be like being small with Bob Bug, find out if Top Cat becomes king of the garden and learn how to make some tasty buns!

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Biff, Chip and Kipper: Picnic Fun and Other Stories

Biff, Chip and Kipper: Picnic Fun and Other Stories

Play hide-and-seek with Kipper, make music with the family and find out what happens when a picnic in the country doesn’t go to plan! This collection contains two phonics books and three stories. Tips for parents and fun activities help you and your child to enjoy reading together.

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Biff, Chip and Kipper: Mum’s New Hat and Other Stories

Biff, Chip and Kipper: Mum’s New Hat and Other Stories

Enjoy funny rhymes with Kipper, watch Biff and Chip’s magic show and find out happens to Mum’s new hat on a windy day! This collection of two phonics books and three stories is a fabulous introduction to phonics, and includes top tips and exciting activities to enjoy together.

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Biff, Chip and Kipper: Silly Races and Other Stories

Biff, Chip and Kipper: Silly Races and Other Stories

This collection contains two phonics books and three stories for wider reading. There are tips for parents and fun activities throughout the book for you and your child to enjoy together. Play a game of ‘I Spy’ with Kipper, join in with the family’s silly races and find out what happens on a trip to the seaside!

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Biff, Chip and Kipper: Dad’s Birthday and Other Stories

Biff, Chip and Kipper: Dad’s Birthday and Other Stories

This collection contains two phonics books and three stories for wider reading. Tips for parents and fun activities throughout the book help you and your child enjoy reading together. Play a game of ‘I Spy’ with Biff, celebrate Dad’s birthday and join the children as they dress up in funny costumes!

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Phonics Story Games Flashcards

Phonics Story Games Flashcards

Children learn best when reading is fun and these story games are a great way to practise reading and storytelling skills. Carefully created to practise phonic sounds and letters, each game has concise, easy-to-follow instructions which require no preparation – just sit down with your child and have fun!

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Big Words for Little People: Calmness

Big Words for Little People: Calmness

This little hardback book creates a moment to focus on Calmness. Using carefully chosen words and phrases, such as ‘breathe’ or ‘balance’, it creates a special moment for grown-ups and young children to focus on what it means to be calm and how to cope with worries.

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Non-fiction: Weather and Seasons

Non-fiction: Weather and Seasons

Find out more about the different seasons, how to be ready for all types of weather, and how the world around us changes from daytime to night-time!

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This Book Just Stole My Cat!

This Book Just Stole My Cat!

When Ben is tempting his cat across the page with a fluffy mouse, his cat . . . disappears! Then his best friend Bella disappears, too. Sniffer dogs and rescue teams can’t help . . . When Ben also vanishes, it’s up to the reader to sort the situation in this playful and funny story.

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Winnie and Wilbur: The Dinosaur Day

Winnie and Wilbur: The Dinosaur Day

Winnie and Wilbur love their local museum, especially the dinosaur gallery. When an exciting competition is announced to draw or make a model of a dinosaur Winnie and Wilbur can’t wait to take part. But what did dinosaurs look like?

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Winnie and Wilbur: The Bug Safari

Winnie and Wilbur: The Bug Safari

Winnie and Wilbur are fascinated by the creepy-crawlies in the garden and decide it could be fun to shrink right down to their size. But when you’re knee-high to a caterpillar, there can be some very hairy moments.

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Super Happy Magic Forest

Super Happy Magic Forest

Tolkien for toddlers! When the Mystical Crystals of Life are stolen, five brave heroes must go on an epic quest to get them back and save the Super Happy Magic Forest from the root of all evil.

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Non-fiction: Animals and Us

Non-fiction: Animals and Us

Find out more about the animals of the world, how they adapt to survive and how they use tools just like us! From dogs and lions to kingfishers and atlas moths, this collection is packed full of fascinating facts about both familiar and more unusual animals.

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Storyteller videos

Storyteller videos

Let our professional storytellers take you on an adventure! Traditional tales, Winnie the witch stories, and more for children aged 3–8.

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Starting to Write Age 3–4

Starting to Write Age 3–4

This activity book will help your child to develop pencil control and form letters correctly. Picture clues show young children how to complete activities with minimal support, and a progress chart, colourful stickers, and a lively character all help make their first steps in learning to write fun and exciting.

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Shape and Size Age 3–4

Shape and Size Age 3–4

This fun activity book will help your child to develop their knowledge of shapes and size. They will quickly learn the names of shapes, recognise their features and learn the vocabulary of measurement and dimension.

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Numicon: 1st Steps with Numicon at Home Kit

Numicon: 1st Steps with Numicon at Home Kit

The First Steps with Numicon at Home Kit has been designed for parents and carers of pre-school children (aged 3–5) and uses a multi-sensory approach to help develop essential maths skills during the Foundation Stage and early Key Stage 1.

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Colours and Patterns Age 3–4

Colours and Patterns Age 3–4

This activity book will develop your child’s understanding of colours and patterns. With the help of engaging activities and a lively character, your child with quickly learn the names of colours, be able to identify colours in pictures and learn simple patterns.

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Winnie and Wilbur in Space

Winnie and Wilbur in Space

Winnie and Wilbur are going into space! Winnie conjures a rocket and they blast into orbit. It’s quite tricky dealing with all the rocket’s controls but it’s even trickier knowing what to do with hungry space rabbits . . . will Winnie have enough magic up her sleeve to save the day?

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Winnie and Wilbur Around the World

Winnie and Wilbur Around the World

Winnie and Wilbur are visiting the wild animals from their library book in real life. It’s exciting to journey by magic all around the world, but there’s trouble ahead!

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Lula and the Sea Monster

Lula and the Sea Monster

Lula lives in a house next to the beach with her family. When they must leave their home to make way for a highway, Lula is desperate to protect the beach and its wildlife, but how will a small girl like her be able to do it? A beautiful picture book about the relationship between humans and nature, celebrating the power that children have and how they can make a difference.

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Winnie and Wilbur Meet Santa

Winnie and Wilbur Meet Santa

It’s Christmas Eve and Winnie and Wilbur are super excited. They’ve posted their letters to the North Pole and made everything festive. But then disaster strikes…

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Numbers up to 10 Age 3–4

Numbers up to 10 Age 3–4

This activity book will help our child to progress with numbers with minimal support while having fun. Picture clues, a progress chart and a lively character help young children to recognise numbers, their names and their digits, as well as understanding how to write them.

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Phonics Age 3–4

Phonics Age 3–4

This Progress with Oxford activity book will help your child learn the sounds of each letter and understand how those sounds make words. Picture clues show young children how to complete activities with minimal support, and a progress chart, stickers, and a lively character all help make learning phonics fun.

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abc Age 3–4

abc Age 3–4

This activity workbook will help to build and develop your child’s alphabetical skills. With the help of picture clues, lively characters and a progress chart, young children will quickly learn to recognise the 26 letters of the alphabet, the sounds they make and the sequence of the letters.

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Counting up to 10 Age 3–4

Counting up to 10 Age 3–4

This fun activity book will aid in your child’s counting progress. Picture clues and colourful activities make learning how to count from 1 to 10 both fun and exciting. A lively character accompanies your child through the book as they develop independent learning skills.

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Beautiful Bananas

Beautiful Bananas

Beatrice is taking a bunch of beautiful bananas to her grandad, but on the way a giraffe flicks them into the stream – Splash! How will Beatrice get the bananas back? Find out and, on the way, meet hungry bees, playful monkeys, and even a sneezing elephant!

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The Christmas Unicorn

The Christmas Unicorn

Christmas is only days away when Milly meets a unicorn. He patters softly into Grandpa’s house on a snowy night and suddenly Milly’s world is filled with magic, friendship, and the happiness she has been hoping for.

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Jazz Dog

Jazz Dog

In a divided world of cats and dogs – where dogs only play dog music and cats only play cat music – one little dog chooses to follow the music in his heart, and that means jamming with the cats!

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Oxford Very First Dictionary

Oxford Very First Dictionary

The Oxford Very First Dictionary, with its colourful clear layout and familiar first words, each with a simple definition and illustration, is a fun and easy way for young children to learn how to use a dictionary. Helps support early litearcy skills.

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Winnie the Witch

Winnie the Witch

Whoops! Winnie the Witch has just sat on Wilbur . . . again! But that’s what happens if you share your black house with a black cat. Can Winnie find a magical way to put a stop to the accidents?

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My Reading and Writing Kit: Early sounds and blending

My Reading and Writing Kit: Early sounds and blending

This comprehensive kit is packed full of resources to help your child learn to read and write. It is a perfect way to prepare your child for school and support them as they begin to learn phonics in Nursery and Reception. Includes flashcards, a handwriting book, wipe-clean sheet and pen, and parent handbook

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Numicon: 100 Square Baseboard

Numicon: 100 Square Baseboard

A plastic square with 10 x 10 raised circles on which Numicon Shapes and overlays can be placed. This can be used in lots of maths games and activities.

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All Aboard the Shapes Train

All Aboard the Shapes Train

Hop on board our amazing train for a fun-filled learning journey! We’re off to explore shapes, playtime and so much more. All aboard everyone!

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