Make and bake

Toddlers love to be busy, so why not make something together? Whether it’s baking, cooking or building, you can both feel proud when you make something new. Who knows? You might even have a top chef or prize-winning artist on your hands.

Get making

Margarine tub tower

Did you know margarine tubs make great building blocks? They’re almost always the same size no matter what brand you buy and they stack together like building blocks.

So, keep your old, clean margarine tubs and use them for stacking games. Then you can show your child how to be a builder and stack them up in big towers. They’re light enough to be knocked over or even thrown without causing any damage and they’re a great way of building a baby’s coordination.

Busy box

It’s so easy to make your toddler their very own post-box. All you need to do is cut a long hole in an old cereal box. Your toddler will have fun 'posting' used envelopes and scraps of paper into the slot and you can even paint it red, if you’ve got time.

Shakers

Try filling empty plastic bottles with different things from the cupboard – rice or pasta, or anything that rattles, like dried beans or peas - and make sure the lids are secure. When you shake them, each bottle will make a different sound. You could show your toddler how to shake and listen. Then you both can try shaking them in time to music, as you dance. You can also decorate the outside of the bottles if your child is older.

Sock puppets

Only found one sad, lonely, sock in the washing machine? Why not turn it into a puppet? Simply put the sock over your hand, then make a mouth by tucking a bit in between your thumb and fingers. Now stick the cotton wool balls where you think the eyes should go. You can even give it a funny name and a silly voice to match. You’ll be amazed by how your child might have a chat with your silly sock.

Get baking

Baking and making snacks with your little one can be a lot of fun, so check out some ideas to encourage them to get involved in making their own snacks and meals.

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Information based on similar messages from Play Talk Read Scotland.

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