Play dough recipe

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Play dough recipe

An all-time favourite, the humble ball of coloured modelling dough can be made in your very own kitchen. You can never have too much of this wonderful stuff, so here you go! You will need: 4 cups of flour 1 cup of salt 1/2 cup of water with a tiny drop of food colouring (optional) 4 tablespoons of oil 1/2 cup of cream of tartar Simply combine all the ingredients.

Magic ice blocks

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Magic ice blocks

Using ice in play for little ones is not just for hot days! Some of the most important playtime little ones can have is tactile and sensory, where how things feel teaches them a lot about the world around them (and it’s loads of fun as well!). You’ll need: Food colouring, an ice tray, water jug, a freezer and paper. First take a jug of water and pour some water.

Stickers

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Stickers

Investing in a wide selection of stickers to be stored in your car, handbag, changing bag and anywhere else you can think of, is a great idea! A fussing toddler can be kept distracted for more than five minutes with a packet of stickers, as the simple act of trying to peel them off requires concentration while calm is restored. Simple block stickers used in the office are great, as.

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.

Feely bag fun

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Feely bag fun

Sometimes the best ingredients for fun are already in your home. This home-made feely bag is a great way to introduce the concept of texture to your little one. Start off by gathering together a few different textured items that are small enough to fit inside a child-sized bag. The reusable cotton shopping bags are great for this kind of play. You can always write your little one’s name on.

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.

Scooping silliness

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Scooping silliness

The simple delight in scooping and pouring dry items provides at least an hour’s worth of continuous fun, not to mention plenty of fine motor skill development. Set up a space in the kitchen (so you can vacuum up the inevitable mess later!) and give your little one an assortment of bowls, mixing jugs, funnels, scoops and different sized plastic cups. Grab a small bag of lentils and encourage your.

Bubble magic

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Bubble magic

The simple joy of watching a grown-up blowing lovely, floating bubbles never fails to win over the most tired of little ones. Bubbles are a great way to enjoy one-on-one time with your child, and are a really simple way of teaching about what our mouths can do! Bubble-makers now come in non-spill varieties so little ones can have a go. There are also electric bubble machines for maximum bubbles.

Paper play

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Paper play

The common piece of paper can become one of the most enjoyable and creative toys your little one gets to play with! Spend some time collecting a variety of coloured paper. Great ideas include tissue paper, light-weight or extra strong cardboard, textured paper, shiny and colourful wrapping paper, A4 printer paper, ruled notebook sheets and so on. Prepare some of these types of paper by cutting them into new and.

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.