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.

Chalk designs

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Chalk designs

Yes, we know it’s terribly old-fashioned, but who doesn’t remember the joy of drawing with chalk from their own school days? These days the varieties of this wonderful art medium are never ending, as are the ways in which toddlers can play with them. Take a look below for some new inspiration about an old favourite! Chalk can be white, coloured, big and fat for toddler hands, or thin and.

Card games

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Card games

A deck of cards is a must in your changing bag or car for amusing a toddler at short notice. Games to play include snap (it doesn’t matter if they don’t get it yet!). Matching games are great fun using the colours, pictures or numbers. You can use as many cards as you want, younger children may prefer fewer cards at first. Spread out the cards face down on a.

Moving shapes!

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Moving shapes!

This fun activity helps toddlers learn about shapes and colours. Draw a variety of large shapes on sheets of construction paper. (Be sure to choose only one colour per shape). Write the name of the colour and shape in the middle of each one. Cut out the shapes and scatter them across the floor either randomly or in a pattern. Have your child walk, run or jump through the course.