My feet!

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My feet!

A fun way to change the mood! All you need is bare feet (yours and theirs) and somewhere to stretch your legs. Lie down on the floor with your legs out in front of you. Say “one, two, three, bang!”, and when you say “bang” lift your legs in the air and tap the soles of your toddler’s feet with your feet. Toddlers learn to anticipate the “bang” and will.

Jelly, jelly

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Jelly, jelly

Want a simple way to introduce colour, texture and science all in one quick and easy task? Then make some jelly. That’s right, this no-fuss cooking activity will have your toddler fascinated at how the key ingredient starts out as powder or a block, turns into liquid and then hardens in the fridge. Making the jelly together will open up a chat about your favourite colours and flavours too. Jelly.

Sticky tape sensation

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Sticky tape sensation

Simple as it may seem, a roll of sticky tape can provide toddlers with a lot of enjoyment. Collect a few different kinds of colourful plastic tape, masking tape, double-sided tape, and so on. Give your toddler the tape and encourage her to be imaginative with what she wants to do with it. She may try sticking them together, to herself, to you, or to other objects around the house.

Fun in a tube!

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Fun in a tube!

The humble tennis ball can become emergency fun! Buy a tube of tennis balls (available in sports stores, toy shops and even supermarkets) and get playing. The tubes usually have three tennis balls in them and come with a re-usable lid for quick tidying up. Use the balls for rolling in and out of the tubes, kicking, throwing and catching practice. They can also become numbers or an alphabet game.

Can you smell the flowers?

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Can you smell the flowers?

Have you got a fussing toddler? Well get yourself outside as fast as you can! Take a stroll around the block, and spend time simply smelling the flowers. Or if there’s a park nearby go have a wander there, your little one will love having space to roam around. Have a chat about the colour of all the flowers that you come across; ask do the bees like to play.

Card games

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Card games

A deck of cards is a must in your changing bag or car for amusing a toddler at short notice. Games to play include snap (it doesn’t matter if they don’t get it yet!). Matching games are great fun using the colours, pictures or numbers. You can use as many cards as you want, younger children may prefer fewer cards at first. Spread out the cards face down on a.

Listen to your food

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Listen to your food

A fun and fast way to get maximum interest at mealtimes! Try to plan a menu that contains food which makes some kind of noise, for example, Rice Krispies “snap and crackle”, apples “crunch” and yoghurt makes a quiet “swoosh”. The biggest fun is finding food that makes a noise! Listening for these sounds makes for great concentration practice too. Often the messier the food gets the better for your.

Balance it

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Balance it

Introduce the concept of balance to your toddler with this fun and energetic game. Using assorted soft items from around the house like teddy bears, small cushions, small towels or bundled up socks, play together at moving across the room, slowly at first. Have your toddler choose an item to balance on their head and ask them to walk to the other side of the room without dropping it. Then.

Where are you purple?

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Where are you purple?

Simple concepts like colours are starting to become easily recognizable for a toddler, so build upon this through playing a colour treasure hunt! Try this game around your own home, in a shopping centre or anywhere you like when a quick distraction is needed! Start by choosing a colour, or have your toddler pick one and ask him to find you something nearby in that colour. Make it a little.

What’s cooking?

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What’s cooking?

When cooking, have your toddler help with tasks like getting food from the fridge or pantry, mixing ingredients, practise simple pouring, and putting food on the plate. Teach them how to set the table as well to get in the habit of good tidying-up skills. Even encourage them to smell the ingredients you are using as you are preparing the meal. Cooking is fascinating to toddlers, and they get a.