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Five Ways To Play: The Pikler Triangle

 

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Looking Back....

When I think back to where this all started I am suddenly overwhelmed by where it is now. I simply wanted open ended toys for my baby that I knew where entirely baby safe. Having just had my second baby, with my first only two years old, it was important to me what everything I brought into my home was not a hazard in any way. I could not find what I was after. Worse still for a lot of products they didn't state if they were actually baby safe - what wood or paints they used. I just didn't...

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The Best Bath Bombs

    Making bath bombs with children is such a fun activity! Plus they make a perfect sensory play tray item! Our lush recipe smells wonderfully inviting, gives off a vibrant colour and leaves skin feeling AMAZING!       Ingredients: - 1/2 Cup Cornflour - 1/2 Cup Baking Soda - 1/4 Cup Coarse Salt - 1/4 Cup Citric Acid - 3 Tablespoon Coconut Oil  - 3 Tablespoon Essence (We used peppermint) - 3 Tablespoon Food Colouring (We used Pink)  - Optional we added dried flower leaves    How to make: Start by mixing the dry ingredients into a bowl....

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How To Encourage Open Ended Play

One of the questions we get asked the most here at BabyPlay is: "How do I get my child to play with open ended toys?" or "He/She just doesnt seem to know what to do with these types of toys". These types of questions come from parents with slightly older children, who are just making the move from more "typical" toys over to this new, exciting concept of open ended play. A great, simple, approach is to leave the new toys out, within sight. Natural curiosty should intice your child and they will begin looking for ways to play -...

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Invitation to Play: The what and how.

What is an invitation to play? An invitation to play (otherwise known as a provocation or play prompts), is the purposeful set up of a environment so that it “invites” children to a particular area, or set up of play. It prompts children to explore, examine and participate. A great invitation to play will capture a child’s curiosity; it is more intentional placement of certain objects for children to play and learn.  Basically it is preparing items in a way you think children may like to play with them; also great for introducing new items or new ways to play. ...

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