Tuesday 3rd May 2016
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Your baby’s first year is a journey of discovery for both of you. Our fun, simple activities help your baby's development. Plus, sing along to our lovely nursery rhymes!
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Sarah J. MacDonald's Magical World of Nursery Rhymes is available at iTunes and Amazon. You can listen to all the lovely tracks and receive 2 FREE MP3 songs here, plus download the lyrics and colouring-in sheets!
Playing puppet peekaboo with baby is a fun and effective way to encourage the use of imagination. Peekaboo also helps to develop emotion and personal preferences.
Bonding with your baby is an intimate experience and helps physical, mental and emotional development. Baby massage is the perfect bonding experience!
Skills: Communication. This activity develops communication skills and will help your baby explore expression and find their own voice. It is a great way to encourage early recognition of language and listening to familiar sounds and words.
This activity lets your baby have fun exploring colour, texture, shape and form. Making bathtime even more bubbly, colourful and special!
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From 3 months: This game helps your baby strengthens the muscles that they will soon be needing for crawling. This activity is also a safe and effective way to control the body, learn coordination and strengthen muscles.
From 3 months: This fun activity encourages motor skills which will help your baby to crawl. Spending time on his tummy also helps strengthen neck, back and leg muscles.
Skills: Expressive Arts & Design. This activity focusses on the creative side of your baby. Finger painting helps little ones use their imagination, be creative and explore colour and texture.
It is very important to help your baby to feel safe and secure. This activity helps your child build relationships with the special people in their lives.
This activity will help your baby explore expression and find their own voice. It will help your baby learn how to listen and then respond. A loving way to encourage communication.