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Babies love lights and will follow them with their eyes. Dim the lights indoors and have fun with a little torch. Show your baby how the light can dance on the wall or ceiling. If they are old enough to hold a small torch, show them how to shine a light here and there. Put a string of LED battery operated lights into a tupperware container with a secure lid and let them handle it under supervision.
Find toys that light up in different ways - with buttons that make the lights flash, or balls that flash if you bounce them.
At festival times there are lots of lights decorating shop windows, and our homes. Point to the lights and talk about them to your baby or toddler.
Play is one of the main ways that babies and toddlers learn about the world – it’s also one of the most effective ways they learn. When a child plays they refine learning skills that continue to develop during childhood and beyond.
As a parent, you are your child’s best playmate so try to spend time every day playing together. As your baby gets older, don’t try to teach them anything during play. They will learn best if they choose what to play and you follow their lead.
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