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Toy Throw Game

Basket Throw Toy Game

Basket Throw Toy Game

This simple fun game assists in developing hand-eye co-ordination. Show your child how to throw their natural rubber toy gently into the air and then catch it. Younger children can do a very gentle throw; older children can throw just above head level.
Increase the challenge by introducing a hand clap between throwing and catching. (ie throw, clap, and catch), or a one handed catch for older children.
Remember this is a game, so it doesn’t matter if your child continuously drops their toy, praise them when they throw their toy, and whether they catch or drop the toy, practise will improve their skills, but having fun is so much more important.

Alternatively, gather the sensory toys together, put a laundry basket a short distance away and take turns throwing the toys into the basket, once your child gets good at this game, you can move the basket further away to increase the challenge of getting the toys into the basket.

A simple safe fun game to play with your child or children but with so many possibilities…

What games do your children like playing?

Joanne@Kimbee

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Spring is here!

Great Outdoors Fishing

What have you planned for the school holidays?

With the temperatures rising a little, spring is a perfect time to spend time outside with your children, whether that’s in your garden, at the local park or at the beach. Children need plenty outdoor time to run, skip and jump, to speak in loud voices without the constant “Please, can you speak with an indoor voice” and to burn off excess energy (especially if they are on school hols), all this helps in their development, and keeps them exercised and healthy.

Take the time to join your children in their play, whatever their age, even if it’s just for 30 minutes or so, let your inner child out, breathe in the fresh air, be open to the activities they are playing and follow their lead, it will do you the world of good.  They will be so pleased to have mum come and play and to share their interests, and to see you in the now, happy and stress free.

If you are organising play for younger children, maybe set up the activities and then take a step back, be involved but you don’t need to be the leader, let your children lead the way, building on their social and problem solving skills.

Here are some easy classic activity ideas:

  • Hide n Seek
  • Hand Ball
  • Soccer
  • Throw the toy into a laundry basket
  • Toy balancing
  • Beach Games
  • Fishing

A little competitiveness is okay to spur the children on but not at the detriment of younger children feeling like there is no point trying if they can never win or catch the ball. With all games the purpose should be to have fun.

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Have fun outdoors, whatever you decide to do…

Joanne

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Free Baby Development Opportunities

Levi Duck Baby Gifts (6)So many parents seem to be wrapped up in the notion that the only way for  their baby or toddler to learn or develop is by way of a purchased educational  or developmental toy. Although there are some absolutely fantastic toys  available today that have been well designed for this specific purpose and have  been tested to actually develop your baby’s abilities, many parents don’t take  advantage of day to day situations enough to use as an ongoing learning  experience.

Learning at this stage of a baby’s life is not really a case of educating  them, but rather a case of stimulating their senses to make them want to  explore, think and use their bodies and in turn develop their core skills and  capabilities at this very young age. Any form of learning or assistance to  develop these abilities should be fun and sometimes the best opportunities are  the ones that we miss in our everyday routines and the ones that don’t actually  cost a cent.

All too often new parents find that their new responsibilities stretch them  to their limits and they soon find themselves in a spiral of looking at  everything as tasks that need to be done. The novelty of having a new baby seems  to wear off and the reality of actually how demanding it can be sets in. For  many the mere thought of adding consistent developmental learning periods to the  mix is put on hold, to be returned to perhaps when their baby grows up a little  bit more and they think can benefit more, after all, how much developmental  direction does such a small baby need anyway. Newborn babies will absorb their  new surroundings like a sponge. They will observe everything that they are  exposed to. Their minds and bodies will be stimulated at every opportunity.

For many parents, one of the best ways to not only make each of the ‘tasks’  that you need to carry out each day, or more often than not, several times a  day, less like a task, is by seeing the event as an opportunity to bond and  stimulate you baby’s mind further. Touch and sound are the key factors here.

During nappy changing, talk with your baby, be expressive if you are talking them  through their change, show them the items that you use and let them perhaps feel  the ones that are safe for them to touch and explore.

Bath time is an absolutely fantastic time for a little relaxation for both  parent and baby and really does provide a unique environment where you can  introduce them to new experiences. The movement and feel of the water, items  that float, filling items with water as well as all of the associated watery  sounds that you can think of. For parents and young babies, bath time really is  a terrific bonding and sensory stimulation time.

As you walk through the park, every object and thing that you pass is a  stimulating event for your baby where you have the perfect opportunity to  encourage your baby to see and observe the sights that you point out and pass  by.

The possibilities are really endless when you start to think in this way and  not only is the entire day one of stimulation for your baby, but also one of  greater bonding, purpose and ultimate enjoyment from a parent’s perspective.

Thank you Karen Stewards for sharing this article with us

Related: Natural Rubber Teethers / Sensory Toys Eco Bath Toys