Baking time!

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Baking time!

The kitchen offers a variety of ways to teach your toddler a number of skills. Here is a fun (and simple) way to start cooking together. Find a recipe for biscuits (toddler cook books or the internet have lots). Little ones love to help with the weighing of flour, sugar and cracking the eggs, so encourage them! Of course the best part about mixing the ingredients together is testing the.

Feed the birds!

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Feed the birds!

Toddlers enjoy watching birds sing and sit in the back garden, and this activity gives them a chance to practise being kind to nature! You’ll need half a stale bagel, a plastic knife, honey, birdseed, ribbon or string (and a willing adult to help!). First, let your toddler drench the bagel in honey, yes it’s messy but so much fun! Next, roll the bagel in lots of birdseed, covering as.

Red light, green light

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Red light, green light

This is a fun and active game about stop and go! Place a length of tape (masking tape is good) down on the floor at one end of the room. Place another length on the other side of the room, parallel to the first, and make sure there’s enough space in between and that there are no obstacles. Tell your toddler to go to one side of the room and.

Travelling with baby at Christmas

Travelling with baby at Christmas

A few months back, when baby was a bump, you had that dream of spending Christmas with your loved ones as they gaze adoringly at your little one and insist that you sit by the log fire while they take care of everything. Then the bump becomes your little bundle of joy, bringing sleepless nights, lots of laundry, a wardrobe full of clothes that don’t fit anymore. You begin to.

What is the best toy for your little one?

What is the best toy for your little one?

Playing with your baby and child is one of the most important things you can do as a parent, because the first three years of life are critical for maximizing intellectual and emotional development. At ClapHandies, our mums see that play stimulation isn’t just about dressing dolls and crashing trucks. Simply interacting and engaging constantly with your baby helps develop key areas of learning and knowledge that form the building.

Count me in!

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Count me in!

Here is a very simple yet effective way to introduce numbers and counting as a form of quick play. Grab a selection of objects closest to you, like spoons from the cutlery drawer, socks or bibs from the washing basket, toothbrushes from the bathroom. Any items will do from whichever room you are in at the time! Ask your toddler to count the items you provide, helping them just a.

The wrong game

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The wrong game

This is a silly game to get your toddler to guess what’s wrong! Try these different ways of doing things the wrong way and see if she can try to correct you! Hold a picture book upside down and begin to read. Put a shoe on your toddler’s foot, then put on the sock. Pour some water into a bowl and tell your toddler you’ve brought her a snack. Put.

Torch magic

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Torch magic

Think how hypnotizing it would be to watch a searchlight sweep through the sky. You can achieve the same effect with a torch in a dark room. Make a cosy corner in a room with lots of cushions or maybe some beanbags to sit on. Let your toddler sit on your lap. Shine the torch beam slowly over the walls and ceiling, encouraging your little one to follow the moving.

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,.