Sticky tape sensation

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Sticky tape sensation

Simple as it may seem, a roll of sticky tape can provide toddlers with a lot of enjoyment. Collect a few different kinds of colourful plastic tape, masking tape, double-sided tape, and so on. Give your toddler the tape and encourage her to be imaginative with what she wants to do with it. She may try sticking them together, to herself, to you, or to other objects around the house.

What colour is it today?

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What colour is it today?

Teaching colour concepts with even the youngest toddlers is so simple with this day-long activity. In the morning, choose a “colour of the day” together with your toddler. Help them choose a colour by showing them three choices such as yellow, blue and red or they may get confused! For example, on a red day, choose red clothes to wear, drink from a red cup only, eat red foods alongside.

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.

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.

Home railroad

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Home railroad

Just because you’re inside doesn’t mean you can’t go anywhere! Why not go on a train ride? Start by lining up your kitchen or dining room chairs one behind the other in a neat row. Explain to your toddler that you’ve made a train and it needs someone to drive it and it needs passengers too (teddies make the best passengers). Use a lid from a pot and take it.

My flower pot!

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My flower pot!

This is a fun, creative project for a toddler that lets their artistic side shine through! Decorating a flower pot is not only fun, but it’s a great chance to introduce gardening to children as well. You can pick up some small terracotta pots in some of the supermarkets, or DIY stores and they aren’t too expensive. Use paint, construction paper, glue, glitter etc, maybe cut out some flower shapes.

My fruit plate

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My fruit plate

Playing with food is not always such a bad thing! Give your toddler an opportunity to work on fine motor skills at the same time as getting a healthy snack. You will be surprised at the concentration and effort that will go into this game! Choose a couple of soft fruits that have been peeled and washed already. Good choices are bananas, watermelon, large grapes and strawberries. Get a plastic.

Fun in a tube!

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Fun in a tube!

The humble tennis ball can become emergency fun! Buy a tube of tennis balls (available in sports stores, toy shops and even supermarkets) and get playing. The tubes usually have three tennis balls in them and come with a re-usable lid for quick tidying up. Use the balls for rolling in and out of the tubes, kicking, throwing and catching practice. They can also become numbers or an alphabet game.

Water spray play

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Water spray play

It doesn’t matter what the weather is, toddlers absolutely love playing with water both inside and outside the house. Try new ways of experimenting with this great sensory activity such as this idea below. For safety and to avoid confusion, I prefer to buy a special water spray bottle for this game and only ever fill it with water, rather than use an empty household one. The small ones are.

Can you smell the flowers?

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Can you smell the flowers?

Have you got a fussing toddler? Well get yourself outside as fast as you can! Take a stroll around the block, and spend time simply smelling the flowers. Or if there’s a park nearby go have a wander there, your little one will love having space to roam around. Have a chat about the colour of all the flowers that you come across; ask do the bees like to play.