Quiet time play – part 2

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Quiet time play – part 2

Following on from our blog post, Quiet Time Play – Part 1, here are some more ideas. Try our suggestions and tips below at the same time every day, as baby will learn that they signal “quiet time”. Bubbles – There is nothing like the wonder of tiny floating bubbles to encourage peace and tranquillity in a baby. Clear the room – Try to spend quiet time away from distractions..

Quiet time play – part 1

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Quiet time play – part 1

Babies get tired and worn out just as much as adults do, but unlike us, they can’t tell you what they need to do to relax! Try our suggestions and tips below at the same time every day, as baby will learn that they signal “quiet time”. Musical magic – Try getting in the habit of playing easy listening music at the end of a busy day. It doesn’t have.

What colour is it today?

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What colour is it today?

Teaching colour concepts with even the youngest toddlers is so simple with this day-long activity. In the morning, choose a “colour of the day” together with your toddler. Help them choose a colour by showing them three choices such as yellow, blue and red or they may get confused! For example, on a red day, choose red clothes to wear, drink from a red cup only, eat red foods alongside.

Mirror me

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Mirror me

Babies are absolutely fascinated by the world around them, and nothing is more interesting to them than your face, and what it can do. Not only that, but believe it or not, your baby really likes to copy you and they like it even more when you copy them! Hold your baby close while sitting in a comfortable and quiet (distraction-free) place and while watching her mouth closely, imitate her.

Make it shake!

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Make it shake!

It is undeniable just how much fun little ones get from music and their first musical instruments. You don’t need to go out and buy your mini-maestro their very own three-piece band kit if you give these fun craft ideas a go. Shakers become first musical instruments at this age, so channel your creativity and make some music! Simple sound maker: Using an empty large coffee can, put in a.

Home shopping!

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Home shopping!

Toddlers and wobblers are starting to appreciate the joy of imaginative role play, particularly anything that involves copying grown-ups like food shopping. Spend some time collecting your used boxes, bottles and cartons or cutting out photos of food from magazines. Make sure the containers are clean, flaps are taped backed together and that it is in reasonably good condition. You can wash some fruit and vegetables and stack them on.

Home railroad

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Home railroad

Just because you’re inside doesn’t mean you can’t go anywhere! Why not go on a train ride? Start by lining up your kitchen or dining room chairs one behind the other in a neat row. Explain to your toddler that you’ve made a train and it needs someone to drive it and it needs passengers too (teddies make the best passengers). Use a lid from a pot and take it.

Surprise smell game

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Surprise smell game

Little ones are naturally inquisitive about the world around them and you can encourage that interest by helping them explore their sense of smell. You will need to source and collect at least five or six shakers or jars with pierced lids for the dry smells you will be using. You will also need something soft like cotton balls for the liquid smells in this game, for fresh food items.

Baby garden!

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Baby garden!

Spread a blanket out in the garden and spend some time with baby exploring the world around you. Pick some flowers and grass and tickle baby with them, or let her crawl and explore the ground by herself. Bring her attention to creepy crawlies and talk about being “gentle” with flowers and insects. If you’re feeling creative you can make some daisy chains for you and baby. You may be.

My flower pot!

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My flower pot!

This is a fun, creative project for a toddler that lets their artistic side shine through! Decorating a flower pot is not only fun, but it’s a great chance to introduce gardening to children as well. You can pick up some small terracotta pots in some of the supermarkets, or DIY stores and they aren’t too expensive. Use paint, construction paper, glue, glitter etc, maybe cut out some flower shapes.