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Our focus this week is Messy play! DAUNTING, it doesn’t have to be! It’s all about being prepared!

The kit –

  • An under the bed storage box (you can store all your messy play kit inside when not in use)
  • Old flat bed sheet or tablecloth to place on the floor.
  • Large towels for clean-up.
  • Old baby grow or vest.

Top tips –

Be near a sink for an easy clean up.

Messy play gives opportunities for babies to explore the world through their five senses:

sight, smell, sound, taste, and touch.

Don’t know what to use for Messy play? Have a root in your kitchen cupboards.

Play with dry ingredients first – coloured pasta, rice, porridge oats, flour. Your baby can strengthen their smaller muscles by creating marks, using tools to scoop pour and fill.

As your baby grows and becomes more confident then…

Move on to wet ingredients – mash potato, cooked spaghetti, custard, baked beans, jelly! They may choose to sit in or stand up and stamp their feet.

ALWAYS SUPERVISE – play along with them, it’s more fun and safer for them.

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This week’s focus is all about counting!

Children begin to understand how to use numbers when they hear them being used to count different objects every day; such as five cars, two dolls, four socks, one cup, five fingers.

Encouraging your child to point to, touch, hold and move objects when you count together will help them to develop the understanding that they need to be able to count.

Have a Teddy bear’s picnic! Encourage your child to give each bear one cup, one plate and one spoon, and count out the food you put onto each plate.

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