What to do with this activity?
Babies and toddlers love putting things into and taking things out of containers.
Let them play with toy eggs, polystyrene eggs or even hard boiled eggs. You can buy pretend eggs in arts and crafts shops, especially at Easter time. Find a basket or other light container that your baby or toddler can lift. Talk to them while they play - "one egg, two eggs ...". Fire their imagination by pretending that they are buying eggs in a shop.
Give your toddler a plastic spoon and pretend to eat a boiled egg together - "yummy".
At Easter, your toddler can help you paint the eggs with child-friendly paint for a colourful home decoration.
All these activities develop your child's ability to hold things, increase their familiarity with numbers and words, and develop their imagination.
Always keep an eye on your baby or toddler to make sure that they don't bite into the polystyrene eggs.
Why am I doing this?
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.
How can I do more?
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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