Sellotape bracelet!

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Sellotape bracelet!

Toddlers are natural explorers! You can encourage this interest in the world around them by helping them make a wearable record of their travels and expeditions! Think of it as a toddler’s take on a charm bracelet. Next time you are outside walking through the park, or out in the garden, put a piece of transparent tape, sticky side out, loosely on her wrist. When she finds small items to.

Fruit and vegetable printing

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Fruit and vegetable printing

For this you will need various fruit and vegetables, a paring knife, paint in an open tray, paper and a cup of water. Little ones love to see the designs they can create with different fruits and veg. You can do this for fun or make a special gift for Grandma. Using the paring knife (this is a job for you), cut the fruits and vegetables into halves, quarters, circles,.

Rhythm rambles!

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Rhythm rambles!

Here is a great way to start learning about rhythm and melody (and it’s loads of fun as well!). Sit in a comfortable place with your toddler, and give them two “rhythm sticks”. Rhythm sticks can be any wooden items you like so long as there are two the same, such as two wooden spoons. Start tapping a simple rhythm and encourage your toddler to copy you. An easy start.

How to survive Halloween with your toddler

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How to survive Halloween with your toddler

Halloween can be a bit too scary and overwhelming for our toddlers and pre-schoolers so it’s important to make light of the scary-themed symbols. Running our ClapHandies PlayLabs gives us a great opportunity to try out activities with our toddlers and hear what works for other parents. Here are some not-so-spooky activities for you to enjoy together. Gooey Play – The gooey squishy insides of pumpkins make a great sensory.

The best leaf window pane

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The best leaf window pane

It’s important these days to encourage children to recycle, and this a fun way to make a window decoration using what’s available in nature as art! You’ll need lots of interesting nature objects like leaves, grass, flower petals, small pebbles, feathers, small branches, bark and anything else you want from the environment. You will also need a large piece of clear contact paper, tape, scissors (for grown-ups), a hole-punch and.

The best cafe in town

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The best cafe in town

Toddlers love to play pretend, and it’s even more fun when they are in charge! With a tiny bit of preparation by you, an afternoon full of fun in their very own cafe is just around the corner! Gather together your cafe props: menu, plates, cups (plastic ones are good, wedding china or family heirlooms not so good). Help your toddler fold the napkins or squares of kitchen roll, set.

My feet!

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My feet!

A fun way to change the mood! All you need is bare feet (yours and theirs) and somewhere to stretch your legs. Lie down on the floor with your legs out in front of you. Say “one, two, three, bang!”, and when you say “bang” lift your legs in the air and tap the soles of your toddler’s feet with your feet. Toddlers learn to anticipate the “bang” and will.

Jelly, jelly

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Jelly, jelly

Want a simple way to introduce colour, texture and science all in one quick and easy task? Then make some jelly. That’s right, this no-fuss cooking activity will have your toddler fascinated at how the key ingredient starts out as powder or a block, turns into liquid and then hardens in the fridge. Making the jelly together will open up a chat about your favourite colours and flavours too. Jelly.

Take a walk in the park

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Take a walk in the park

For a real outdoors experience, you can’t beat the park. Try to avoid the playgrounds with their swings and play equipment every now and then, and get adventurous at wonderful places like Phoenix Park, the Botanic Gardens, Powerscourt, St Anne’s Park and St Stephen’s Green. Once there, tell your toddler that you are going to spend some time collecting leaves and acorns/seedlings together, and provide them with a nice bucket.

Sink or float?

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Sink or float?

Here is a fun way to introduce your toddler to sorting and classifying during bath time. First gather together a few items that will sink in the water, for example, heavy toys like a small car, metal spoons and a sippy cup full of water. Then add some items that float, like soap, lightweight plastic toys, a small hairbrush or comb and so on. Place one floating item into the.