Sellotape bracelet!

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Sellotape bracelet!

Toddlers are natural explorers! You can encourage this interest in the world around them by helping them make a wearable record of their travels and expeditions! Think of it as a toddler’s take on a charm bracelet. Next time you are outside walking through the park, or out in the garden, put a piece of transparent tape, sticky side out, loosely on her wrist. When she finds small items to.

Floor fun!

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Floor fun!

Crawling (or at least trying to crawl) is a very exciting time for babies and you can encourage this fun and interest in the new world around him by letting him explore different textures. Gather a few different textured large items such as a clean welcome door mat, bath mat, towel and fleecy blanket and let him crawl across each surface. Crawl with your baby and describe each surface as.

Fruit and vegetable printing

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Fruit and vegetable printing

For this you will need various fruit and vegetables, a paring knife, paint in an open tray, paper and a cup of water. Little ones love to see the designs they can create with different fruits and veg. You can do this for fun or make a special gift for Grandma. Using the paring knife (this is a job for you), cut the fruits and vegetables into halves, quarters, circles,.

Rhythm rambles!

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Rhythm rambles!

Here is a great way to start learning about rhythm and melody (and it’s loads of fun as well!). Sit in a comfortable place with your toddler, and give them two “rhythm sticks”. Rhythm sticks can be any wooden items you like so long as there are two the same, such as two wooden spoons. Start tapping a simple rhythm and encourage your toddler to copy you. An easy start.

The best leaf window pane

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The best leaf window pane

It’s important these days to encourage children to recycle, and this a fun way to make a window decoration using what’s available in nature as art! You’ll need lots of interesting nature objects like leaves, grass, flower petals, small pebbles, feathers, small branches, bark and anything else you want from the environment. You will also need a large piece of clear contact paper, tape, scissors (for grown-ups), a hole-punch and.

The best cafe in town

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The best cafe in town

Toddlers love to play pretend, and it’s even more fun when they are in charge! With a tiny bit of preparation by you, an afternoon full of fun in their very own cafe is just around the corner! Gather together your cafe props: menu, plates, cups (plastic ones are good, wedding china or family heirlooms not so good). Help your toddler fold the napkins or squares of kitchen roll, set.

Stuffed toy day

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Stuffed toy day

Babies are often bombarded with a range of toys to rival even the best toy stores on a daily basis, so sometimes it’s nice to simplify the choice. Every now and then provide a “soft” session where the only toys on offer are those cuddly friends usually hidden away on a shelf somewhere or in the toy box. Bringing them together in a collection makes them ever so interesting. Interact.

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.