Photo fun

Activity cards made from family photos are a great form of entertainment - and help strengthen family bonds. They not only engage your child but also help them learn more about the world and the important

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  • Location

    Indoors

  • Promotes

    Fun & Games

  • What You'll need

    Close-up family photos, protective covering, sandwich bags, mini-photo album,

Tactile activity map

Stimulate your baby's growing sense of touch with a tactile activity mat made from textured fabrics. Babies love to lie on it wearing only their nappy. It's a great craft project for anyone who sews, and makes

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  • Location

    Indoors, Outdoors

  • Promotes

    Fun & Games

  • What You'll need

    Large, soft ball; books or boxes to create a lane

Baby talk

Babies learn to talk by listening, exploring and responding to the sounds of the world around them. Toddlers love songs, rhymes and other fun forms of language, so use all of these to get your child chatting.

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  • Location

    On the go, Indoors, Outdoors,

  • Promotes

    Alphabet & Numbers

  • What You'll need

    Your voice

Under the bridge

Your baby is on the move now, with places to go and new things to see. Create an obstacle course that's both physically challenging and teaches what "under", "over" and "around" mean. Great fun, and educational

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  • Location

    Indoors

  • Promotes

    Fun & Games

  • What You'll need

    Pillows, sheet, towel, chairs, table, medium-size or large cardboard box

The Extraordinary, Ordinary Cardboard Box

Sometimes, simpler is better! Use an ordinary cardboard box to unlock your little one's extraordinary imagination.

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  • Location

    Indoors

  • Promotes

    Imagination

  • What You'll need

    Medium-size moving or storage boxes, plastic lid, nut and bolt, box cutter

Shape sorter

Sorting and matching basic geometric shapes and fitting them into corresponding holes is the first step on the road to the more complex puzzles your child will enjoy later. For even more educational fun, make

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  • Location

    On the go, Indoors, Outdoors,

  • Promotes

    Alphabet & Numbers

  • What You'll need

    Your voice

Coin Banking

A baby piggy-bank is easy to make and just right for children aged 6 to 12 months. Your little one will love filling up this colourful piggy-bank with large fake 'coins' and tipping them out again.

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  • Location

    Indoors

  • Promotes

    Fun & Games

  • What You'll need

    Close-up family photos, protective covering, sandwich bags, mini-photo album,

The sensational bag

Pack a bag with a collection of sense-stimulating playthings to take on car trips, visits to the doctor, restaurant outings - or anywhere your baby might appreciate some diversion. Toddlers like these kind of

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  • Location

    Indoors

  • Promotes

    Fun & Games

  • What You'll need

    Pillows, sheet, towel, chairs, table, medium-size or large cardboard box

How to make toddler playtime even better

Playing with your toddler may seem like just fun and games, but there's a lot of learning going on at the same time. Think you need more toys? Think again: there are better ways to make playtime even more fun

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Sensible stimulation: Playing with your baby

You may be tempted to give your baby loads of brightly-coloured toys, but with a four- to six-month-old baby, less is definitely more. Simple games and activities will make playtime fun, rather than

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Why play is vital for healthy development

Your toddler learns a lot about the world through play. Every event, object and action, seen through your child's eyes, is an opportunity for fun. It's through engaging with their environment while playing that

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Interesting new twists to look out for in play behaviour

You can find out a lot about your child by watching and listening to them play. Clues to new skills and developing intelligence can be found in the games children invent with their toys. It makes playtime a

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Why playing is serious. All about child development, educational toys, babies' brains

The next time you think your child is 'just playing' think again. Play has a fundamental role in your child's development. Find out why play is as vital - or even more vital - than reading, writing and

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Baby Game: Catch

Baby games don’t need to be a bore! You and your 10- to 12-month-old baby will have a blast with this age-appropriate spin on the time-honoured tradition of catch.

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  • Location

    Indoors or Outdoors

  • Promotes

    Motor Skills

  • What You'll need

    Soft balls of various sizes, colours and textures

Three Ways You Can Help Your Baby Reach Milestones

Babies all develop on their own time, but did you know you can help yours get a head start? Read on for three big milestones - and what you can do to help your little one get to them.

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Three Tips for Making Play Time More Valuable

You may be tempted to have tons of fun with your little bundle, but when it comes to baby activities, less is definitely more. Learn how to get your baby playing and keep him happily stimulated.

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Toy Tips for Early Childhood Development

Want to help with your baby’s early child development? Try making the most of playtime by exploring these baby activities and baby games.

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Five Ways to Help Your Toddler Develop Motor Skills

Although we may take it for granted, your little one is still working hard to gain a (literal) grasp on things. Read on for five tips to help him along.

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Five Activities to Help Your Baby Develop

Give your baby a nudge in the right direction with these easy ideas that will get her brain and body moving!

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