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What do you need: Different sized balls. Craft stickers Feathers Foil Bubble Wrap Foam Numbers Velcro / Felt Dots How To Play: Using a glue gun or craft glue.  Stick the different textures to different balls. Roll in front of baby for tummy time or let your little one touch and see the different colours...
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Pillow Climbing for Crawlers What do you need: different size and textured pillows. How to play: Let your little one traverse the obstacle course that you have set up for them. Remember to use words to explain what they are doing.  
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Day 8 Continued Song: Row Your Boat Make a couch your boat. Throw pillows on the floor for rocks, and use a carpet for land. The rest of the floor is the water. Explain the safest way to get to dry land. Use your imagination and crawl, hop, or swim like a fish to get to...
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Story – Are you my Mother? Activity: Floating Boat You will need: A piece of pool noodle (or a sponge) Straw Cardboard Cut out a triangle out of cardboard and push the straw through the middle and out the top. Moms and Dads can cut the piece of pool noodle and make a whole in...
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Day 7 Continued Song – Traffic Light Twinkle twinkle traffic light On the corner shining bright. Red means, “Stop.” Green means, “Go.” Yellow means, “Drive very slow.” Twinkle twinkle traffic light On the corner shining bright.
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Day 7 Continued Play: Driving my Car In an open space, let your child ‘build’ their own car using what is around them for a seat and a steering wheel. Let them pretend to riv, and tell you where they are driving, what they are going t do when they get there, and how they...
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Play – Hopscotch  Using cardboard on the floor, the tiles in the kitchen or chalk outside on paving, draw out a hopscotch template and teach your little ones counting while they play. Using a counter (button/beanbag/shell or plastic toy) count and jump on the numbers from 1 to the end, missing the number that your...
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Activity – Give the Dog a Bone You will need: Two paper Cups (Substitute toilet troll if need be) Coloured paper Pom Pom Black Marker Either tape or glue the two cups together. Draw and paste the ears and tongue. Cut out 10 bones.
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Play – Tic Tac Toe (Inside or Outside) You will need:  Sticks/ pavers / pegs /pool noodle/chop sticks Use your imagination to make the outline. Look around and use either stones / balls / paper plates / socks to play the game. The child with the first line of three wins.
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Materials needed: Small toys or books, blanket What to do: Place a toy or book under a blanket, leaving part of the object showing. Then ask your baby, “Where is it?” and encourage him to look for it. “Babies will usually grab it and dig under the blanket, “If yours doesn’t, you could remove and...
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Materials needed: Cheerios, opaque plastic cups What to do: Create your own version of the old-fashioned shell game by hiding a Cheerio under a cup and seeing if your baby can find it. This simple activity reinforces object permanence, a major concept. Variations: Using two different-colored cups, put the Cheerio under one cup and move...
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Materials needed: None What to do: Around 6 to 8 months of age, your child will learn to clap, so encourage them with this rhyme: Clap, clap, one, two, three Clap, clap, clap with me. Clap, clap, four and five. Clap, clap, clap, bees in hive. Clap, clap, six, seven, eight. Clap, clap, clap, you...
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Materials needed: Wooden puzzles What to do: Around your babies first birthday, they will be ready for large wooden puzzles, Suggested with colorful shapes or pictures. You may have to guide their hands, Clap and cheer when they are successful. Skills learned: Problem solving, fine motor skills, visual skills
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Materials needed: Plastic measuring cups What to do: Take turns stacking the cups and knocking them down. You can also have a “race,”where you both stack cups at the same time. Skills learned: Understanding cause and effect, fine motor skills
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Age: From Birth Water has such a joyful relaxing effect on children – feel free to take advantage any time of the day. Your baby can go right in the tub (with you if you’d like) as you use your hands, sponges and funnels to splash water on different parts of their body.  When your...
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Printable Lego Calendar click here> Follow the instructions for each day. The only rule is to have fun and use your imagination.                               Article: The Shirley Journey
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Little ones between the ages of one and three are always absorbing new things. Their main mode for learning: Playtime. They begin by playing side-by-side (called parallel play), then progress into more interactive stuff, where they engage with and absorb information from their playmates. The right game can boost your kid’s cognitive, physical, and emotional...
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Indoor activities are great to have on hand for any age this time of year. But toddlers especially seem to get antsy and need some extra hands-on attention. Every one of these activities is easy to do, easy to set up, and uses materials that you should already have on hand (they’re all pretty common...
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Your toddler is a natural explorer and to them, your house is one huge discovery zone. This is a good thing because investigating their surroundings and trying new things is how children learn. What becomes tricky is keeping your curious toddler safe while they learn and explore. If left to their own devices, they’ll gleefully...
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Who Are We

The Moms and Tots Group was founded in 1993 by Petra Lombard after she became aware of the keen interest of mothers to learn more about how to stimulate their young child in a healthy and balanced way.

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