MAGIC POTION PICTURES

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Children love gathering and mixing all kinds of store cupboard ingredients to make potions. Once their potion is complete, add washing up liquid and paint or food colouring, use a straw to bubble up lots of bubbles, then lay some paper over the top to let the bubbles make a magic potion picture.

TEDDY TALK

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Teddy wants to brush her teeth! Teddy is running upstairs to get dressed! I think Teddy might be
sad too – do you think he’d like a cuddle? Soft toys can be a great way to make stressful situations fun, or talk about feelings.

MIRROR MIRROR

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Sit down with your baby or wee one in front of a mirror so they can see the reflection of their face and yours. Try pulling some funny faces or sing “Heads, Shoulders, Knees and Toes” as you touch the different parts of their body.

SING WHAT YOU SAY

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Has everyone stopped listening? Start singing! Singing what you need to say is a great way to help wee ones listen, whether its their name, to tell them dinner is ready, or to show how you feel.

ORCHESTRA OF SOUNDS

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Choose four objects and pretend they are buttons – when you touch or point at them, you make a different sound. Maybe teddy says “BING!” and a fork says “WHEE!” – just make sure you match the same noise to the same object each time.

CHALK PUDDLES

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Did you know chalk makes stronger, brighter marks when wet? Outline a puddle with chalk and see how your wee one chooses to play. Choose a puddle near home so its a quick walk
back if you end up soggy or a bit muddy.

SCARF KITES

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This is a great idea for a windy day – take a scarf outside and fly it like a kite! Or if there isn’t much wind, you can run around with your scarf in the
air and see the different shapes and you can make as you swish and swirl around.

BODY ART

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Does your wee one get more pen on themselves than the page? Today that’s OK! An hour before bathtime, grab washable felt tips, face paint or
anything safe for skin, and start drawing patterns on your arms, legs, anywhere you can reach.

STREET BEATS

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Splashing in puddles, sticks and stones, swishing bunches of leaves or feathers or grass – there are loads of ways to explore rhythm outside! Start
with a stick, explore the different noises it makes on different surfaces and go from there.

SQUISHY FEELINGS

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Fill balloons with lentils, rice, sand or quinoa, tie securely & draw faces with different emotions on the front. Bonus creativity points for hiding them around the room and letting your wee one spot them, making the objects instantly more exciting!