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As soon as your child can toddle, push and pull toys on wheels (like toy cars, trucks, tractors, diggers, ambulances and fire engines) can fire their imagination. Also, your child might enjoy copying things you do with a pretend supermarket trolley, wheelbarrow, buggy or pet animal on wheels.
If you don't have any such toys, you should be able to pick up toys on wheels second hand, or have a go at making this toy from recycled materials.
When you go out and about together, notice vehicles and trolleys so that your child can think how to use their toy. At home, make a route with a few corners that your child can "drive" on - for instance, go between two chairs and around the table. Have a race using two toys on wheels, or count out how long one journey takes. Encourage them to invent stories around what they are doing.
Push and pull toys can help your child use their imagination, learn more about their world, and develop more control over movements and balance.
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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