Fri 30th June – Thu 6th July – Family friendly events in and around Dublin

Fri 30th June – Thu 6th July – Family friendly events in and around Dublin

There are many fun activities happening over the next week for you to enjoy.  Please check that they are still running before setting out, as sometimes even the best events have to be postponed and  we know how frustrating that can be with little one’s in tow. ________________________________________________________ Free Family Comedy Weekend (part of Farmleigh Summer Programme) Family Comedy Weekend is back at Farmleigh! We’ve a great programme of family friendly.

A pirate’s treasure bottle

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A pirate’s treasure bottle

This homemade toy may look like nothing more than a bottle of rice, but roll it once or twice, and a host of hidden objects will appear before your eyes. Playing with the treasure bottle is a great way of building the important eye muscles in your little one, and also aids concentration and hand-eye coordination. All that learning in one plastic bottle! You’ll need a clear plastic soft drink.

Mirror me

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Mirror me

Babies are absolutely fascinated by the world around them, and nothing is more interesting to them than your face, and what it can do. Not only that, but believe it or not, your baby really likes to copy you and they like it even more when you copy them! Hold your baby close while sitting in a comfortable and quiet (distraction-free) place and while watching her mouth closely, imitate her.

Travelling with baby and toddler

Travelling with baby and toddler

There is always an air of excitement in our PlayLabs in June and July as our mums and dads chat about their plans for the summer – where they’re going and what they’ll be doing. Whether you are going on holidays abroad, planning a staycation or a short trip out of town to visit friends, here are some travel tips that we’ve gathered from ClapHandies parents over the last few.

Fri 23rd – Thu 29th June – Family friendly events in and around Dublin

Fri 23rd – Thu 29th June – Family friendly events in and around Dublin

There are many fun activities happening over the next week for you to enjoy.  Please check that they are still running before setting out, as sometimes even the best events have to be postponed and  we know how frustrating that can be with little one’s in tow. ________________________________________________________ Budding Botanist – Collecting and Pressing Flowers Ever wanted to start your very own dried plant collection? Get great tips and discover how.

Make it shake!

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Make it shake!

It is undeniable just how much fun little ones get from music and their first musical instruments. You don’t need to go out and buy your mini-maestro their very own three-piece band kit if you give these fun craft ideas a go. Shakers become first musical instruments at this age, so channel your creativity and make some music! Simple sound maker: Using an empty large coffee can, put in a.

Nose ticklers

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Nose ticklers

During this play you can help teach baby about his body by doing the following: Get baby’s attention by holding a length of colourful ribbon very close to his eyes and shaking it. Try moving the nose tickler up and down so baby can watch it go near and far. Prompt baby to move their head by moving the ribbon slowly out of sight. Touch the ribbon to different body.

Home shopping!

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Home shopping!

Toddlers and wobblers are starting to appreciate the joy of imaginative role play, particularly anything that involves copying grown-ups like food shopping. Spend some time collecting your used boxes, bottles and cartons or cutting out photos of food from magazines. Make sure the containers are clean, flaps are taped backed together and that it is in reasonably good condition. You can wash some fruit and vegetables and stack them on.

Fri 16th – Thu 22nd June – Family friendly events in and around Dublin

Fri 16th – Thu 22nd June – Family friendly events in and around Dublin

There are many fun activities happening over the next week for you to enjoy.  Please check that they are still running before setting out, as sometimes even the best events have to be postponed and  we know how frustrating that can be with little one’s in tow. ________________________________________________________ Wandering Rocks: Journeys Inside Ulysses is a project produced by Upon a Tree and Happenings that breaks down Joyce’s Ulysses into a fun,.

Explore jars

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Explore jars

A selection of jars and tubs filled with interesting objects will keep an inquisitive baby engaged. If you have the creative flair, try covering some tubs and jars with bright pictures (family and friends, animals etc. ). Then fill the newly decorated (and personalised!) containers with small toys like blocks, shakers, plastic balls, other smaller containers etc. Obviously ensure the size of the objects is not a choking hazard. Wobblers.