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,.

Talk to me!

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Talk to me!

Busy mums and dads can often forget the simple fact that talking to babies is easily the most important thing you can do. Especially when baby is on the verge of a meltdown, a simple chit-chat and cuddle is often all they need. When outside, talk to baby about what you see and hear – anything from the noisy bus to the magpies squabbling in the trees. Babies just love.

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.

Peek-a-boo bells!

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Peek-a-boo bells!

Find a toy with a bell, or make a bracelet with bells (make sure you use bells that are big enough so baby won’t choke on them). Find a nice comfortable spot for both you and baby on the floor and surround him with a variety of hiding places for the bells, such as soft toys, upside down nesting cups, cushions and blankets. Hold up the bells for your baby.

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.

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..

Mouth mirror music

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Mouth mirror music

Playing mouth games together with your little one in front of a mirror helps teach them about all the interesting things your lips can do. It also shows them that our mouths produce different sounds, which is highly entertaining! Blow raspberries, make kissing sounds, whistle, click your tongue and whirr your lips. Or why not go all out and be the rap star you’ve always wanted to be – you’ll.

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.