Finger-painting!

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Finger-painting!

There is nothing more enjoyable than getting messy with finger-paint, and here is a recipe you can make with your little one! You’ll need: 3 parts water (3 cups), 1 part corn flour (1 cup), food colouring, and saucepan. Bring the water to boil in a saucepan. Remove from heat. Dissolve the corn flour in a little cold water and then add to the hot water, stirring constantly. Boil the.

My first senses book

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My first senses book

Young children learn best at this age through using their senses. Here is a great way to introduce all the senses of touch, taste, smell, sight and hearing. You’ll need 6 pieces of paper, a hole punch, string, glue, crayons. Alternatively a hardcover binder book with pages inside will work just as well. Make a page for each sense, using magazine cut-outs or photos found online (try www.flickr.com) and paste.

A pirate’s treasure bottle

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A pirate’s treasure bottle

This homemade toy may look like nothing more than a bottle of rice, but roll it once or twice, and a host of hidden objects will appear before your eyes. Playing with the treasure bottle is a great way of building the important eye muscles in your little one, and also aids concentration and hand-eye coordination. All that learning in one plastic bottle! You’ll need a clear plastic soft drink.

Explore jars

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Explore jars

A selection of jars and tubs filled with interesting objects will keep an inquisitive baby engaged. If you have the creative flair, try covering some tubs and jars with bright pictures (family and friends, animals etc. ). Then fill the newly decorated (and personalised!) containers with small toys like blocks, shakers, plastic balls, other smaller containers etc. Obviously ensure the size of the objects is not a choking hazard. Wobblers.

My photo box

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My photo box

Little ones love to look at photos of themselves and other little people so this homemade photo box just for them is great. You’ll need a large selection of photos of other wobblers’ faces in a variety of moods. Wobblers and children you know are good but you can be creative and use images from magazines and the internet too (try www.flickr.com). Find an empty shoe box or gift box.

My first bag

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My first bag

As you are probably noticing right now, little ones have a keen concept of what belongs to them (even if it doesn’t really) and they are also learning to love the “put it in and then take it out” play as well. Help them keep track of their newly attained goodies (and give them a place to put them) by making this simple fun bag just for them. You’ll need.

Paper play

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Paper play

The common piece of paper can become one of the most enjoyable and creative toys your little one gets to play with! Spend some time collecting a variety of coloured paper. Great ideas include tissue paper, light-weight or extra strong cardboard, textured paper, shiny and colourful wrapping paper, A4 printer paper, ruled notebook sheets and so on. Prepare some of these types of paper by cutting them into new and.

Play dough recipe

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Play dough recipe

An all-time favourite, the humble ball of coloured modelling dough can be made in your very own kitchen. You can never have too much of this wonderful stuff, so here you go! You will need: 4 cups of flour 1 cup of salt 1/2 cup of water with a tiny drop of food colouring (optional) 4 tablespoons of oil 1/2 cup of cream of tartar Simply combine all the ingredients.

My Special Blocks!

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My Special Blocks!

Using your computer and printer, digital photos can quickly become a child’s individualized toy. Print a photograph of your little one onto sticker-backed photo paper, cut it into squares, and attach to toy blocks, and voila – homemade baby toys!