My day album

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My day album

With a little bit of preparation and planning, you can make a book that is all about your little person! As you know, little ones LOVE to read, love to be read to, and even simply love to look at a book someone else happens to be reading! An individualised story will entertain and fascinate your child. Spend some time over a typical day (or week) taking photos of your.

My beloved baby book

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My beloved baby book

“Who loves Jane?” asks your little one’s story book, and the answers are as varied as the photographs in this easy-to-make set of story cards. Little ones are beginning to understand different emotions right now, even if they can’t quite verbalise them, but one they really understand is the feeling of loving someone or something else! This is obvious as you start to notice how they attach from week to.

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.

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.

A pirate’s treasure bottle

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A pirate’s treasure bottle

This homemade toy may look like nothing more than a bottle of rice, but roll it once or twice, and a host of hidden objects will appear before your eyes. Playing with the treasure bottle is a great way of building the important eye muscles in your little one, and also aids concentration and hand-eye coordination. All that learning in one plastic bottle! You’ll need a clear plastic soft drink.

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.

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.

Tags of fun!

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Tags of fun!

Babies seem to get the best enjoyment out of the most ordinary things. Tags and labels on clothes are no exception to this rule. Make them their very own tag cloth for hours of fun. You’ll need brightly coloured and textured ribbons (make sure the ribbons are wide enough for baby to play with and are not too thin), needle and thread, scissors and a soft face cloth. Cut the.

Rattle cans

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Rattle cans

Here is an opportunity to recycle some empty containers, like coffee cans or similar, as toys for your baby. Use an empty coffee tin and put in a handful of marbles, acorns, pebbles, small stones or dried beans. Anything can be used that will make a loud noise against the metal of the tin. Secure the lid tightly using tape the whole way around the lid and tin. Cover the.

My first bag

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My first bag

As you are probably noticing right now, little ones have a keen concept of what belongs to them (even if it doesn’t really) and they are also learning to love the “put it in and then take it out” play as well. Help them keep track of their newly attained goodies (and give them a place to put them) by making this simple fun bag just for them. You’ll need.