How to survive Halloween with your toddler

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How to survive Halloween with your toddler

Halloween can be a bit too scary and overwhelming for our toddlers and pre-schoolers so it’s important to make light of the scary-themed symbols. Running our ClapHandies PlayLabs gives us a great opportunity to try out activities with our toddlers and hear what works for other parents. Here are some not-so-spooky activities for you to enjoy together. Gooey Play – The gooey squishy insides of pumpkins make a great sensory.

The best things in life are in free!

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The best things in life are in free!

The best things in life are in free, and your own house equals hours of fun! We spend time every day seeking entertainment for the little ones, but sometimes the best toys and distractions available are already in your home. Take a look below for some ideas: Cups & scoops: Great for water play! Put in the bath and practice pouring. Also helps babies and toddlers get used to water.

Make a busy bag – Toddlers

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Make a busy bag – Toddlers

It seems to be an unwritten rule among small children and toddlers that the moment you are most busy with something important (like driving!) they seem to lose interest in everything…! A Busy Bag will help you be prepared for those times when you have to wait at the doctor’s office, hairdresser’s, grandmas or a restaurant. The activity should be kept in the car or in the nappy bag so.

Time for art and craft!

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Time for art and craft!

Arts and crafts are a life saver for a busy mum and so much fun for your little one. Having a good stock and wide range of Arts and Crafts supplies in your toy cupboard / box, bag or shelf is they key to extending the fun and deepening the learning experience. Ideally if you have the space dedicate an area in the house to the Arts! If possible a.

My crafts box

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My crafts box

How to build a fun box that will keep your little one amused for hours! It’s never too soon to get your toddler involved in art and craft play. The best thing is the options are never ending and the materials used range from a paintbrush to a toothpick! Use the below ideas to start your own kit. The box: Choose sturdy plastic boxes with good lids for storing materials..

Guide to reading with your Toddler

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Guide to reading with your Toddler

It’s never too soon to share the joy of reading with your child. From the moment they are capable of listening to you, they are able to get enjoyment from storytelling. Try to make a regular reading time with your child as early as you can as this will foster a willingness to read later on and an interest as well. Reading to and with your child is a very.

My First Art Folio

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My First Art Folio

Starting with a binder or scrap book, give your child free, creative ownership of all the art work. Collect all the scribbled-on coloring pages, pictures your child liked from magazines and brochures, leaves and flowers collected from a walk in the park, postcards, family photos printed and anything else that can be glued or taped onto a piece of paper. The point is to build up a “story” that you.

Treasure Basket

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Treasure Basket

Treasure basket play (also known as Heuristic Play) has been around for 60 years, it’s probably something you do without knowing, and the general idea is to provide toddlers with a collection of items made from natural materials (as in not bright plastic items) to explore on their own. Treasure basket play is what is known as open ended play, which means that the item being played with has more.

Time for quiet!

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Time for quiet!

Tips and tricks to set the mood for quiet time with toddlers.Toddlers can sometimes seem like giant batteries that can go and go, then just as quickly run out of steam! Unfortunately that can mean tears and frustration as they can’t tell you that they need help to relax. Use the suggestions below when you need to change the mood into a peaceful one. Puzzles: Jigsaw puzzles and memory card.