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,.

ABC – peel it off

ABC – peel it off

Here’s a fun way to get your toddlers and wobblers thinking about the ABCs (it’s never really too early to start!). It also helps to develop their fine-motor skills. Cut strips of masking tape and form letters with them on the fridge, the floor, or any other flat surface whose finish is safe from the effects of peeled tape. Show your little one how to peel off the letters. You.

Magnet fun

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Magnet fun

The humble household fridge magnet is brilliant for occupying small hands when you are most busy, like when you’re cooking the evening meal. If you want to be more creative with your magnets, why not get a set of numbers or alphabet letters that are available in toy shops? Even those holiday souvenir fridge magnets can be a colourful distraction for your child. Encourage your child to try to make.

Finger-painting!

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Finger-painting!

There is nothing more enjoyable than getting messy with finger-paint, and here is a recipe you can make with your little one! You’ll need: 3 parts water (3 cups), 1 part corn flour (1 cup), food colouring, and saucepan. Bring the water to boil in a saucepan. Remove from heat. Dissolve the corn flour in a little cold water and then add to the hot water, stirring constantly. Boil the.

Shoe play

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Shoe play

You know all those shoes you have hidden in the back of the wardrobe – the ones that still haven’t made it back into fashion but you can’t bear to part with them? Or ones that don’t quite fit ever since you had your little bundle of joy? Well now is the time to dust them off and bring them out of isolation! Your little one gets a real kick.

Jungle safari

Jungle safari

From wild, striped tigers to silly monkeys, children love animals! This particular activity will require a bit of setting up, but your little one will absolutely love it. Find or print out a few pictures of some jungle animals (tigers, monkeys, birds, snakes) and place them around the room. Cover the animals up with pictures of trees, branches, and other things from nature which you would find in a jungle..

Flour fun!

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Flour fun!

Sometimes the contents of your kitchen presses can become the most fun play tools, and playing with lovely soft flour is no exception. To begin, set up a couple of buckets to catch escaped flour, or simply wait to vacuum it all up later. Add a couple of sieves or a powder shaker, or be more creative, and punch some holes in an old milk carton or egg container etc..

Hide and seek

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Hide and seek

Here is a simple version of hide and seek that is perfect for younger children. Choose a room with lots of potential hiding spots (such as the dining room or sitting room) and start hiding! When you find a place to hide, like under the kitchen table, say in a loud voice, “Where am I hiding? Where has mummy gone? Can you see me?” Wait a moment or two in.

My first senses book

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My first senses book

Young children learn best at this age through using their senses. Here is a great way to introduce all the senses of touch, taste, smell, sight and hearing. You’ll need 6 pieces of paper, a hole punch, string, glue, crayons. Alternatively a hardcover binder book with pages inside will work just as well. Make a page for each sense, using magazine cut-outs or photos found online (try www.flickr.com) and paste.