Whisper, whisper

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Whisper, whisper

Wobblers have boundless energy and just love noisy active games, but sometimes mums and dads need a little quiet time. You may need your little one to be quiet in a waiting room or you could be trying to calm her down before bedtime, or just need to hear yourself think! Whispering games are fun way to encourage your little one to engage in quiet play. Wobblers will be fascinated.

I can dress myself

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I can dress myself

Here comes Mr/Miss Independent! Lay out a selection of your little one’s clothes and challenge him to have a go at dressing himself. Yes it’s a tricky task, but they get a lot of satisfaction from giving it a go, so encourage all efforts! To up his odds of succeeding, omit any difficult clothing items and stick with simple things like socks, mittens, hats and large sweaters. My little one.

Make a busy bag

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Make a busy bag

It seems to be the law of small children and wobblers that the moment you are most busy with something important (like driving!) is the exact moment they seem to lose interest in everything. A Busy Bag will help you be prepared for those times when you have to wait at the doctor’s office, hairdresser’s, Grandma’s or a restaurant. The activity should be kept in the car or in the.

Sock play

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Sock play

This is one of those “that’s so simple why didn’t I think of it?” activities and you will be surprised at the enjoyment small children get from it. Grab three or four pairs of brightly coloured and patterned socks (all matched up please!) and place them in a basket. Put the basket in front of your little one. Chances are she will immediately start trying to put them on and.

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.

Sock puppets

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Sock puppets

Possibly one of the simplest yet most effective forms of children’s entertainment in a hurry! All you need is a sock (preferably light in colour), a black, red and green marker, and your imagination. Pop the sock on your hand, draw some eyes, mouth and nose and off you go! Try playing different characters, changing your voice to keep your little one entertained. Make animal noises and have them guess.

Instant blocks

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Instant blocks

Don’t have a set of blocks handy at Grandma’s house? The lovely yet ancient china tea set is starting to look a bit too tempting to your curious child? Don’t worry! Have a good look around you for lightweight hardcover books (not the special ones), tissue boxes, plastic square tubs with lids, shoe boxes, cardboard boxes, cereal boxes are good, provided you take the contents out first and anything else.

Pony rides

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Pony rides

As baby’s neck strength and head control increase, you can take her on some gentle pony rides. Pony rides are superb for a baby who is about to cry, as the movement and close interaction with you is a great distraction! Sit baby up on your knees, facing you, holding her arms for support. As you recite a rhyme, gently bounce baby up and down, holding on tight. Try short.

Seed counting

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Seed counting

Healthy eating: you know it’s important, but how do you make it fun? Here is a simple game that not only uses fruit that you can eat, but encourages early practice in counting as well. You need an apple, pear, orange or any other seeded fruit you like. Cut the fruit in quarters and together with your little one, count the number of seeds you can see, and then enjoy.

Life is a parade

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Life is a parade

Your little one is pretty active right now, climbing on top of the couch, climbing over his big sister, trying to escape out the front door! Encourage this new-found sense of adventure by getting down to his level and playing this game. Start by getting on the move through the house in a parade of two, one following the other, as you crawl under the table, climb over a pillow,.