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Blowing games are mostly just for fun, but they can strengthen your toddler's lungs and diaphragm (the muscle under our lungs that helps us breathe and talk). Here are some fun blowing games:
1) Blow out birthday candles, or pretend to blow out candles. Watch this funny youtube video of a little girl's efforts to blow out one candle.
2) Blow on a tin whistle or party trumpet that unfolds when you blow it.
3) Blow small pieces of paper along using a straw. You can have a race.
4) Blow through a straw into a plastic cup full of drinking water. Enjoy the sound.
5) See who can hold their breath for longest.
6) Blow bubbles using soapy liquid.
7) Blow dandelion seeds off the seed head. The number of blows it takes to blow off all the seeds is the time it is in fairyland!
Talking is one of the most important skills your child will learn. It seems to happen naturally, but in fact you have a very important role to play. Your baby will learn to talk by hearing other people talk. The more you talk with your baby and respond to their noises and babbles, the more you help them learn to communicate. This will help them in every aspect of their life.
Songs and rhymes are especially good for children as the rhythms and repetitive language make it easier for babies to learn language skills. Babies love songs and rhymes, especially hearing the sound of your voice. This is a great way to help your child to talk and listen. Rhymes with actions explain what words mean - "pour me out" in "I'm a little teapot". You can also create sound effects when you are singing songs and saying rhymes. Use your hands to clap, your fingers to click and your mouth to make playful sounds and whistles.
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