Show and tell

This re-imaging of the classroom classic celebrates a summer well spent.

Host your very own ‘show and tell’ session, and celebrate a summer well spent. This is the perfect back-to-school ritual; honouring the season as it passes, while welcoming any changes the new term will bring.


  1. The purpose of this at-home exercise is to celebrate a summer well spent. Any item that relates to the summer they’ve just enjoyed is suitable for this ‘show and tell’, whether that’s a relic of time spent abroad like leftover currency or a postcard, or a leaf found during a local outing to the park, it doesn’t matter, as long as they can talk about why they have chosen it.
  2. Ask your child about the things they might like to ‘show’ their audience, and help them to gather any visual props they may need in order to ‘tell’ its story. If they’re old enough, it may be helpful for them to jot some notes onto a post-it, in case they get stuck. See the creative prompts below for help with preparing them for their ‘show and tell’.
  3. Gather your audience. You may wish to hold your ‘show and tell’ on a day when family and friends will be present, or you may wish to keep things low-key. In the absence of real life audience members, you could fill some seats with your child’s favourite toys – their very own band of devoted listeners.
  4. Find a quiet space and prepare a ‘stage’ for your child to conduct their ‘show and tell’. This doesn’t need to be formal. You could gather a circle of cushions on the floor, and get him/her to sit in the middle.
  5. Sit back and listen to what your child has to say, and get ready to ask them a couple of questions at the end. The exercise works best when children draw upon a range of pre-planned content and on-the-spot improvisations – allowing them to be both prepared and spontaneous at once.

Creative prompts

The ‘show and tell’ is designed to be a reflective exercise, encouraging your child to look upon memories made throughout their summer break. As a starting point, you may want to ask them to answer the following in their presentation…

  1. What have you enjoyed the most this summer? Are there any particular days that have stood out as your favourite?
  2. What do you know at the end of the summer holidays, that you did not know at the beginning?
  3. What obstacles have you overcome this summer? Have you tried something new, or done something you were scared of? If so, which new skill are you most proud of mastering?
  4. Have you been on any trips this summer? If so, where did you go? What did you see? Who did you meet? What was different about this new environment? What was the same?
  5. Have you made any new friends this summer?
  6. Have you read any interesting books this summer? Have you discovered any new TV shows or films? If so, who were your favourite characters? Which stories excited you? Which stories made you happy? Which stories made you sad?
  7. Have you tried any new foods this summer? What were they like?