Baking time!

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Baking time!

The kitchen offers a variety of ways to teach your toddler a number of skills. Here is a fun (and simple) way to start cooking together. Find a recipe for biscuits (toddler cook books or the internet have lots). Little ones love to help with the weighing of flour, sugar and cracking the eggs, so encourage them! Of course the best part about mixing the ingredients together is testing the.

Feed the birds!

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Feed the birds!

Toddlers enjoy watching birds sing and sit in the back garden, and this activity gives them a chance to practise being kind to nature! You’ll need half a stale bagel, a plastic knife, honey, birdseed, ribbon or string (and a willing adult to help!). First, let your toddler drench the bagel in honey, yes it’s messy but so much fun! Next, roll the bagel in lots of birdseed, covering as.

Red light, green light

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Red light, green light

This is a fun and active game about stop and go! Place a length of tape (masking tape is good) down on the floor at one end of the room. Place another length on the other side of the room, parallel to the first, and make sure there’s enough space in between and that there are no obstacles. Tell your toddler to go to one side of the room and.

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.

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.

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.