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Everyday Adventures for 1 to 2-year olds

Small Moves

At this age, your child is really getting around and their physical skills are developing quickly.  Encourage your child by using music to move their body in different ways.  Use rattles, spoons, pots and pans, bells or drums to make a rhythm.  Find fun tunes to play that have a lively beat. Play along with your child, as well as encouraging them to play by themselves. 

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Have fun squishing playdough, squeezing sponges when playing with water, handling finger foods. Make some music together with your kitchen spoons and pans or add some messy custard for them to stir, scoop or pour. Have a go at creating your own treasure basket full of different textures to manipulate. Action songs are a great way to work those hands & fingers!   

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Let's Talk: Pretend Play

At this age, they understand far more than they can actually say. Your child may be copying familiar simple phrases they have heard from family, friends or favourite tv programmes already and repeat these whilst playing. Pretend play is a fun way to practice talking! 

Using props to spark your child’s imagination will encourage them to express themselves verbally. They can express their emotions, recreate familiar home routines such as bedtime or bring favourite story/tv characters to life. Whilst playing together you will be labelling and describing objects, introducing new words, asking questions teaching them to follow simple instructions, turn taking. Remember to give your child time to react and follow their lead.

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Use teddies, small world toys, puppets, Follow your child’s interest! Have fun giving teddy or dolly breakfast or create a car mat together for playing with vehicles. Gather some household objects and toys for a pretend play shop.

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Sorting Colours

Colours are everywhere and an excellent tool to use for children to be curious and explore their world. You can use colours to introduce the early mathematical concept of grouping objects. As your child plays they will begin to separate, sort and make their own groups and collections, you may have noticed your child collects all their teddies together or places all their green cars in one spot and red cars in another. To develop this skill, have fun sorting and matching everyday objects into colours!

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When out on walks or day trips find and sort objects into colours. It can be shells on a beach or leaves from a walk. Go on colour bingo hunt. Search for items in every room, tick off the colours you have found. Create a colour themed treasure basket for your child to explore. When doing the washing encourage your child to find all the blue socks.

I Can Do It

Your child may be showing signs of wanting some independence, they may begin wanting to feed themselves or have a go at brushing their teeth. With your support and encourage they can begin their journey of practicing life skills and care routines. However, this can lead to frustration when things don’t always go the way they want it too. You can develop your child’s confidence by giving them lots of time and fun play opportunities to try new things.

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Have fun using toothpaste and toothbrushes to paint with or pretend to give teddies at trip to the dentist. Playing dress up with oversized old clothes or favourite tv characters is a fantastic way to encourage dressing, start with items that your child can just throw over their head. Maybe get messy with cooked spaghetti or baked beans for your child to spoon into and out of some bowls or pans.