Take a walk in the park

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Take a walk in the park

For a real outdoors experience, you can’t beat the park. Try to avoid the playgrounds with their swings and play equipment every now and then, and get adventurous at wonderful places like Phoenix Park, the Botanic Gardens, Powerscourt, St Anne’s Park and St Stephen’s Green. Once there, tell your toddler that you are going to spend some time collecting leaves and acorns/seedlings together, and provide them with a nice bucket.

Sink or float?

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Sink or float?

Here is a fun way to introduce your toddler to sorting and classifying during bath time. First gather together a few items that will sink in the water, for example, heavy toys like a small car, metal spoons and a sippy cup full of water. Then add some items that float, like soap, lightweight plastic toys, a small hairbrush or comb and so on. Place one floating item into the.

Colour day theme

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Colour day theme

Toddlers are quickly learning to recognize and name primary colours like red, yellow, blue and green. They are even having a go at colours like brown, grey, pink and most other shades too. Enhance this budding development by having your very own colour theme day from the moment they wake up to the moment they go to bed at night. Start the day by asking your toddler to choose a.

Make a magic wand

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Make a magic wand

It’s always a good idea to keep some empty paper towel rolls for those creative moments. Get your child to colour and decorate a roll using crayons, paint, glitter glue, stickers or anything else that is sparkly and bright. Now give the magic wand a name to really make it personal for your little one. Explain how in order to make magic happen you need to say the special word.

My puppet family!

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My puppet family!

Here is a sweet and unique craft project that turns the special people in your toddler’s life into fun and entertaining puppets! For each puppet, you will need: Ice pop sticks (from a craft shop), photos of family and friends (the faces in the photos need to be big enough to be cut out and glued onto the stick). If you have a family pet you can always use a.

Where’s the squeak?

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Where’s the squeak?

Babies are starting to learn that although things are out of sight they can still hear them sometimes, and this is a fun game to encourage this learning without fear. Find a toy that makes a squeaky noise or jingles. Let baby see and hear the toy by making its noise holding it in front of him. Then hide the toy behind your back asking where it is. Make sure.

Make a piggy bank

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Make a piggy bank

It’s never too soon to start teaching the concept of money and toddlers are quick to pick up and enjoy counting. This simple task is a fun way of introducing these concepts to your toddler. Another bonus of a piggy bank is introducing the idea of saving and it can even be used in a rewards system for your little one. You’ll need, wrapping paper, sellotape, scissors, pre-made “money” from.

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.