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Toddlers and imaginary play

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Imaginary play will help your toddler develop the skills necessary for normal, healthy growth and toddler development. Here are some fun ideas to help your child make the most out of his games.
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Toddlers and imaginary play

Baby talk

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Babies learn to talk by listening, exploring and responding to the sounds of the world around them. Here are some ways to get your child chatting.
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The sensational bag

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Pack a bag with a collection of sense-stimulating playthings to take on car trips, visits to the doctor, restaurant outings - anytime your baby might appreciate some diversion. Toddlers like this too.
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Tactile activity mat

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Stimulate your baby's growing sense of touch with a tactile activity mat made from textured fabrics. Baby's love to lie on it wearing only their nappy. It's a great craft project.
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Fun fingers & action rhythms

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Rhymes can be comforting and also a chance for older children to practice their finger skills by acting out little scenes as you sing. Sing or chant anytime, anywhere.
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Fun fingers & action rhythms

Ball rolling

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Once your baby can sit easily, roll a ball back and forth across the floor between you. Babies love this and it's a wonderful first step in taking turns!
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Ball rolling

Finger puppets

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Finger puppets are perfect for entertaining a baby and can be made very quickly. They also travel well. Pop a few in your bag and you're ready to take the show on the road.
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Finger puppets

Coin banking

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A baby piggy bank is easy to make and just right for 6 to 12 month-olds. Your baby will love filling up their bank with large fake 'coins' and tipping them out again.
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Shape sorter

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Sorting and matching basic geometric shapes and fitting them into corresponding holes is a precursor to more complex puzzles your child will enjoy later. Make your own shape sorter.
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Shape sorter

Blowing bubbles

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Bubbles are great for children of all ages. With minor modifications, you can play bubble games with your child from birth up to pre-school age - and probably beyond.
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Ball games

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Ball play is a great activity for babies -- long before they can throw & catch. As they become aware of their feet it's also the ideal time to introduce the idea of kicking a ball.
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Photo fun

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Activity cards made from family photos are a great entertainment. They not only engage your baby but also help them learn more about their world and the important people in it.
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Can't you see? It's me!

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Young babies love to stare at their own reflections. Here are some simple games, involving mirrors and shiny surfaces, designed to capture your baby's attention.
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Can't you see? It's me!

Doing chores

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Children enjoy opportunities to take on the real-life tasks they see being performed around them every day. Here's an activity that turns chores into fun.
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Doing chores

Under the bridge

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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.
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Kitchen music

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Inside your kitchen cupboard there's a band waiting to play! Disguised as pots and pans, these make a great noise when you and your child bang, clap, shake, strum and rattle them.
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Painting with water

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There is some great fun to be had with a big brush and bucket of water. This task is fun and lets your child know that participating in real work is important.
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Puddle play

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Only ducklings may enjoy a good shower of rain more than small children. When it pours, seize the day in all its wetness and take advantage of the opportunities for fun it presents.
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Encouraging toddlers to play

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Building social skills is so important for toddler development, but sometimes tots need a little help. Learn how you can help your infant become the most popular child in the sandbox.
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Caring for a baby with a cough

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Nothing gets your attention like hearing a cough from the cot.. Click below to find out what your baby's cough might mean and how to keep your baby healthy.
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Caring for a baby with a cough

Baby development: 18 to 21 months

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Who's that baby? From 18 to 21 months, you may not recognize your little one as she learns to climb, walk, and play with others. Read more about baby development during these months.
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What your baby’s cries could tell you

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Did you know that each baby's cry is different? Learn what your baby's cries mean and what you can do to help.
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What your baby’s cries could tell you

Sleep solutions: From 7 to 9 months

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Having bedtime issues with your baby? Read on for some sleep solutions that will help send your little one off to the land of Nod.
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Formula-feeding your baby

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Read on to find out what you need to know about baby formula, including how to prepare, serve, and keep it safe.
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Toddler Sleep Solutions

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Bedtime battles are usually quite normal during the toddler years, but a nifty, consistent night-time routine can help get your child ready for bed. Find out how to help your tot get a good night's sleep.
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