Find me

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Find me

This is playful way to develop body awareness. Say or sing “where is Daddy’s/Mummy’s nose?”, then touch your nose saying, “Here it is!”. Then say “Where is Molly’s nose?” and touching her nose say, “There it is!”. Repeat with other facial features and body parts. You can change the tune or voice (high or deep) for added entertainment. Then move onto where is the chair? Where is the front door?.

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.

Obstacle course fun!

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Obstacle course fun!

Babies and toddlers of any age are able to get enjoyment and benefit from home-made obstacle courses. For this activity you will need cushions, pillows, soft blankets and a comfortable floor space. Set up the soft area in a messy way with pillows, cushions and blankets overlapping each other, so the path is not flat. Take your baby by the waist and “walk” them slowly over the course. The feel.

Scarf symphony!

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Scarf symphony!

Here is a great way to stimulate your baby’s vision and hearing. Your little one will love watching colourful scarves dance before her eyes as she listens to her favourite tunes. Purchase some colourful sheer scarves, these are available at most fabric and craft stores. Stand or sit in front of your baby with the scarves. As you listen to music or sing a song, swing the scarves at your.

Torch magic

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Torch magic

Think how hypnotizing it would be to watch a searchlight sweep through the sky. You can achieve the same effect with a torch in a dark room. Make a cosy corner in a room with lots of cushions or maybe some beanbags to sit on. Let your toddler sit on your lap. Shine the torch beam slowly over the walls and ceiling, encouraging your little one to follow the moving.

I can dress myself

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I can dress myself

Here comes Mr/Miss Independent! Lay out a selection of your little one’s clothes and challenge him to have a go at dressing himself. Yes it’s a tricky task, but they get a lot of satisfaction from giving it a go, so encourage all efforts! To up his odds of succeeding, omit any difficult clothing items and stick with simple things like socks, mittens, hats and large sweaters. My little one.

Stand up!

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Stand up!

Here is a fun way to make the most out of baby’s fast disappearing grasp reflex and encourage her back and leg muscle development too. Place baby on her back on a soft and non-slip surface, such as the carpeted floor or a rug. While you sit at her feet, encourage baby to grasp your fingers. As she does, use your own hands to hold on nice and tight and.

Instant blocks

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Instant blocks

Don’t have a set of blocks handy at Grandma’s house? The lovely yet ancient china tea set is starting to look a bit too tempting to your curious child? Don’t worry! Have a good look around you for lightweight hardcover books (not the special ones), tissue boxes, plastic square tubs with lids, shoe boxes, cardboard boxes, cereal boxes are good, provided you take the contents out first and anything else.

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.

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.