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Did you know that babies learn faster during their first year of life than at almost any other time? Helping your baby make the most of this wonderful learning period gives them a good foundation for their later development.
So here are 10 important things you can do with your baby before they can walk or talk, to help set them up positively for later learning.
1. Make eye contact
Even the very youngest baby instinctively responds to eye contact – when a baby is seven hours old he’s already interested in his mother’s face and may even mimic facial expressions! Looking into your baby’s eyes is a beautiful way to develop a strong emotional bond between you both.
As your baby gets older, you can begin to play games such as ‘Peep-Bo’, which helps him begin to understand the concept of hiding things, and will also produce a storm of delighted giggles.
If you’d like to know about nine more things you can do with your young baby, carry on reading at Red Tricycle.
Children love gardening, so there’s no better way to harness this love than to help them to grow food for their packed lunches. They are far more likely to eat what’s in their lunchbox if they’ve had a hand in nurturing it, so growing fruit and vegetables together will be a real winner.
Do I need a garden?
You don’t need acres of space to grow food for a healthy packed lunch. Even if you only have a windowsill, you can still grow your own food. Sprouting seeds, such as mung beans, can be ‘grown’ in a glass jar. Or add a fun touch by growing traditional mustard and cress in decorated egg shells or little containers. You can grow delicious items in pots or Grow-bags on a small balcony, but if you are lucky enough to have a garden or allotment, you have an even greater choice.
We all know that children can be notoriously fussy eaters and there’s nothing more depressing than having their lunchbox come home almost as full as it was in the morning. So how can you get your children to eat more of their packed lunch? Of course, there are no magic solutions, but involving children in making decisions about their packed lunches will help them to feel more positive about them. These tips will show you how.
With schools closing for Easter, you may be wondering how to keep your youngsters occupied so you don’t end up tearing your hair out each day. Finding activities to keep them happy and engaged without spending a fortune can sometimes be a challenge, but here are some suggestions for Easter activities that won’t break the bank.
Decorating eggs can be done in several ways, depending on whether or not you want to eat your finished creations! Firstly, you will need to cook your eggs by boiling them for 10 minutes. If you plan to eat them, plunge them into cold water immediately after cooking to avoid getting the green ring around the yolk that can be a bit off-putting.
Spoonful has got some fantastic ideas for decorating eggs, and these could be a springboard to let your child’s imagination run wild. Traditionally, decorated eggs are often marbled, and again, there are different ways to achieve a wonderful finish. Made from Pinterest gives a step-by-step guide to marbling eggs using shaving foam, or for edible marbling, take a look at Narcissism is Necessary.