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.

Sticky tape sensation

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Sticky tape sensation

Simple as it may seem, a roll of sticky tape can provide toddlers with a lot of enjoyment. Collect a few different kinds of colourful plastic tape, masking tape, double-sided tape, and so on. Give your toddler the tape and encourage her to be imaginative with what she wants to do with it. She may try sticking them together, to herself, to you, or to other objects around the house.

Nose ticklers

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Nose ticklers

During this play you can help teach baby about his body by doing the following: Get baby’s attention by holding a length of colourful ribbon very close to his eyes and shaking it. Try moving the nose tickler up and down so baby can watch it go near and far. Prompt baby to move their head by moving the ribbon slowly out of sight. Touch the ribbon to different body.

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.

Splash, splash, splash!

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Splash, splash, splash!

Need a distraction fast? Then get yourself and baby near some water as quick as you can! Half fill the sink with water, add some dishwashing liquid, whisk up some bubbles and you have made yourself an attractive, sensory activity for baby to observe. The noise of your hands splashing in the water is very soothing and the look of the bubbles is a winner with all babies. You can.

Fun in a tube!

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Fun in a tube!

The humble tennis ball can become emergency fun! Buy a tube of tennis balls (available in sports stores, toy shops and even supermarkets) and get playing. The tubes usually have three tennis balls in them and come with a re-usable lid for quick tidying up. Use the balls for rolling in and out of the tubes, kicking, throwing and catching practice. They can also become numbers or an alphabet game.

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.

Balloon play

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Balloon play

Babies learn best in the first six months through the visual world around them. This is why they seem to pay so much attention to objects that move, are colourful, or make funny sounds. They will spend longer than older children being stimulated by what they see, so make use of this interest by using the humble balloon. Blow up a nice colourful bunch of balloons (a single colour will.

Can you smell the flowers?

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Can you smell the flowers?

Have you got a fussing toddler? Well get yourself outside as fast as you can! Take a stroll around the block, and spend time simply smelling the flowers. Or if there’s a park nearby go have a wander there, your little one will love having space to roam around. Have a chat about the colour of all the flowers that you come across; ask do the bees like to play.