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.

Push me, pull me

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Push me, pull me

So it finally happened! Your quietly sitting baby has started to move around the house crawling, creeping and pulling at anything they can reach. Take advantage of this new active nature by providing fun, movable objects that will build up their budding muscles. Good items you may already have in your home for this kind of play include little one-size tables and chairs, (the wooden kind are the most sturdy),.

My fruit plate

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My fruit plate

Playing with food is not always such a bad thing! Give your toddler an opportunity to work on fine motor skills at the same time as getting a healthy snack. You will be surprised at the concentration and effort that will go into this game! Choose a couple of soft fruits that have been peeled and washed already. Good choices are bananas, watermelon, large grapes and strawberries. Get a plastic.

Water spray play

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Water spray play

It doesn’t matter what the weather is, toddlers absolutely love playing with water both inside and outside the house. Try new ways of experimenting with this great sensory activity such as this idea below. For safety and to avoid confusion, I prefer to buy a special water spray bottle for this game and only ever fill it with water, rather than use an empty household one. The small ones are.

Abracadabra

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Abracadabra

The concept of “magic” and making things disappear is of great interest to your little one right now. Encourage this enjoyment by playing a magic “hide and seek” game with their favourite toys. Start by finding a toy small enough to fit into your hand. Let your little one see the toy in your hand, or let them hold and play with it for a few minutes before taking it.