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.

Fun jars

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Fun jars

This is a simple yet individualised craft to make for little children that has a multitude of different uses. The fun jars are a little like treasure baskets but on a smaller scale and can be used as storage for small toys. Make up different collections like wooden blocks, squeaky toys, feathers, paintbrushes or old make-up brushes, metal spoons, play dough, magazine cuttings, crayons, tissue paper etc. With all these.

Paper play

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Paper play

The common piece of paper can become one of the most enjoyable and creative toys your little one gets to play with! Spend some time collecting a variety of coloured paper. Great ideas include tissue paper, light-weight or extra strong cardboard, textured paper, shiny and colourful wrapping paper, A4 printer paper, ruled notebook sheets and so on. Prepare some of these types of paper by cutting them into new and.

Play dough recipe

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Play dough recipe

An all-time favourite, the humble ball of coloured modelling dough can be made in your very own kitchen. You can never have too much of this wonderful stuff, so here you go! You will need: 4 cups of flour 1 cup of salt 1/2 cup of water with a tiny drop of food colouring (optional) 4 tablespoons of oil 1/2 cup of cream of tartar Simply combine all the ingredients.

Baby mobiles

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Baby mobiles

Babies learn best through their senses in their first year, and no sense is stronger than the sense of sight. An easy way to do this is with baby mobiles you have made yourself. There are hundreds of beautiful mobiles on the market (I love anything from Haba or Manhattan Toy), but the best thing is to have one that you can change the objects on to keep it interesting.

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.