Stickers

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Stickers

Investing in a wide selection of stickers to be stored in your car, handbag, changing bag and anywhere else you can think of, is a great idea! A fussing toddler can be kept distracted for more than five minutes with a packet of stickers, as the simple act of trying to peel them off requires concentration while calm is restored. Simple block stickers used in the office are great, as.

Feely bag fun

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Feely bag fun

Sometimes the best ingredients for fun are already in your home. This home-made feely bag is a great way to introduce the concept of texture to your little one. Start off by gathering together a few different textured items that are small enough to fit inside a child-sized bag. The reusable cotton shopping bags are great for this kind of play. You can always write your little one’s name on.

Bubble magic

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Bubble magic

The simple joy of watching a grown-up blowing lovely, floating bubbles never fails to win over the most tired of little ones. Bubbles are a great way to enjoy one-on-one time with your child, and are a really simple way of teaching about what our mouths can do! Bubble-makers now come in non-spill varieties so little ones can have a go. There are also electric bubble machines for maximum bubbles.

Whisper, whisper

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Whisper, whisper

Wobblers have boundless energy and just love noisy active games, but sometimes mums and dads need a little quiet time. You may need your little one to be quiet in a waiting room or you could be trying to calm her down before bedtime, or just need to hear yourself think! Whispering games are fun way to encourage your little one to engage in quiet play. Wobblers will be fascinated.

I can dress myself

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I can dress myself

Here comes Mr/Miss Independent! Lay out a selection of your little one’s clothes and challenge him to have a go at dressing himself. Yes it’s a tricky task, but they get a lot of satisfaction from giving it a go, so encourage all efforts! To up his odds of succeeding, omit any difficult clothing items and stick with simple things like socks, mittens, hats and large sweaters. My little one.

Sock play

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Sock play

This is one of those “that’s so simple why didn’t I think of it?” activities and you will be surprised at the enjoyment small children get from it. Grab three or four pairs of brightly coloured and patterned socks (all matched up please!) and place them in a basket. Put the basket in front of your little one. Chances are she will immediately start trying to put them on and.

Sock puppets

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Sock puppets

Possibly one of the simplest yet most effective forms of children’s entertainment in a hurry! All you need is a sock (preferably light in colour), a black, red and green marker, and your imagination. Pop the sock on your hand, draw some eyes, mouth and nose and off you go! Try playing different characters, changing your voice to keep your little one entertained. Make animal noises and have them guess.

Instant blocks

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Instant blocks

Don’t have a set of blocks handy at Grandma’s house? The lovely yet ancient china tea set is starting to look a bit too tempting to your curious child? Don’t worry! Have a good look around you for lightweight hardcover books (not the special ones), tissue boxes, plastic square tubs with lids, shoe boxes, cardboard boxes, cereal boxes are good, provided you take the contents out first and anything else.

Pony rides

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Pony rides

As baby’s neck strength and head control increase, you can take her on some gentle pony rides. Pony rides are superb for a baby who is about to cry, as the movement and close interaction with you is a great distraction! Sit baby up on your knees, facing you, holding her arms for support. As you recite a rhyme, gently bounce baby up and down, holding on tight. Try short.

Seed counting

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Seed counting

Healthy eating: you know it’s important, but how do you make it fun? Here is a simple game that not only uses fruit that you can eat, but encourages early practice in counting as well. You need an apple, pear, orange or any other seeded fruit you like. Cut the fruit in quarters and together with your little one, count the number of seeds you can see, and then enjoy.