Make it shake!

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Make it shake!

It is undeniable just how much fun little ones get from music and their first musical instruments. You don’t need to go out and buy your mini-maestro their very own three-piece band kit if you give these fun craft ideas a go. Shakers become first musical instruments at this age, so channel your creativity and make some music! Simple sound maker: Using an empty large coffee can, put in a.

Explore jars

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Explore jars

A selection of jars and tubs filled with interesting objects will keep an inquisitive baby engaged. If you have the creative flair, try covering some tubs and jars with bright pictures (family and friends, animals etc. ). Then fill the newly decorated (and personalised!) containers with small toys like blocks, shakers, plastic balls, other smaller containers etc. Obviously ensure the size of the objects is not a choking hazard. Wobblers.

Surprise smell game

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Surprise smell game

Little ones are naturally inquisitive about the world around them and you can encourage that interest by helping them explore their sense of smell. You will need to source and collect at least five or six shakers or jars with pierced lids for the dry smells you will be using. You will also need something soft like cotton balls for the liquid smells in this game, for fresh food items.

Push me, pull me

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Push me, pull me

So it finally happened! Your quietly sitting baby has started to move around the house crawling, creeping and pulling at anything they can reach. Take advantage of this new active nature by providing fun, movable objects that will build up their budding muscles. Good items you may already have in your home for this kind of play include little one-size tables and chairs, (the wooden kind are the most sturdy),.

Tunnel time

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Tunnel time

Here is a great way to get a reluctant crawler and starter-walker moving. Tape a few cardboard boxes (large enough for your little one to try to crawl through easily) together with some strong masking tape to form a tunnel. Gather a selection of her favourite toys or stuffed animals together, and using cushions and pillows, create some obstacles in the tunnel making it more difficult to crawl through. Toys.

Splash, splash, splash!

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Splash, splash, splash!

What is wet, tactile, enjoyable and costs you nothing at all? Water! Little ones love playing with water, especially out of the bath so give this a go. Half fill the sink with water, add some dishwashing liquid for bubbles and you have made yourself an attractive, sensory activity for little ones to play with. A running tap works just as well or even a small (safely filled) washing tub.

My photo box

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My photo box

Little ones love to look at photos of themselves and other little people so this homemade photo box just for them is great. You’ll need a large selection of photos of other wobblers’ faces in a variety of moods. Wobblers and children you know are good but you can be creative and use images from magazines and the internet too (try www.flickr.com). Find an empty shoe box or gift box.

This is the way I wash my hands

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This is the way I wash my hands

It’s never too early to start good hygiene habits! Washing hands in lovely warm, soapy water is a pleasant and soothing distraction, and has the added benefits of keeping germs at bay! Keep a bottle of baby hand-wash by your kitchen and bathroom sink and prop your child up helping him wash his hands. You can even fill up a small bucket or basin with water and bubbles and let.

Abracadabra

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Abracadabra

The concept of “magic” and making things disappear is of great interest to your little one right now. Encourage this enjoyment by playing a magic “hide and seek” game with their favourite toys. Start by finding a toy small enough to fit into your hand. Let your little one see the toy in your hand, or let them hold and play with it for a few minutes before taking it.

Mini-me animals!

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Mini-me animals!

This is a fun way to get that excess energy out of your little one, and it gets you both moving! Pretend to be a mummy or daddy animal and ask your toddler to follow you as you move around on all fours, roaring like a lion, prancing around like a horse and slithering on the ground like a snake! Take turns being the grown-up animal and make guessing what.