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We humans love watching things that are always on the move, like firelight, water in a stream, clouds or mobiles. Mobiles (not mobile phones!) are decorative items that you hang up and that keep moving. We sometimes put a mobile above a cot to keep the baby interested. Mobiles are even better if they tinkle or ring in the wind - called wind chimes.
You can make a wind chime or mobile from whatever you have to hand - driftwood and shells from the beach, old keys, unused compact discs, bottle caps, beads or whatever you can find.
Here's a simple wind chime you can make from old keys to start you off - instructions from PlayTalkRead.
Get some inspiration here from Woohome for other things you can use.
Hang whatever you make indoors near a window or door, or outdoors where it can move with the wind.
Pretend games help your child to develop their language skills and practise things they have seen and heard. Games and activities that build concentration and thinking skills are great for your child. They build skills such as being able to see patterns, being able to group things together and using numbers. Being able to join in games and working with you or other people on a project, is a life skill used every day and a way many people learn.
Encourage your child to tell you about games they play – with other children, at school or on the computer. Get them to explain the rules of the game to you. Imaginative play is important too so encourage your child in any creative play they are engaged in.
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