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You can play this game with your toddler and more people if they are around. It is great for a rainy day. You do an action and repeat words and it's fun.
You need a cot blanket or a similar sized cloth, and some polystyrene balls. The balls can be bought very cheaply in shops like Book Station and Dealz. If you can't find them, scrunch some white paper into balls instead. It just needs to look a little bit like big popcorn!
Lay the blanket on the floor and place the balls in the centre. Get your toddler to hold two corners of the blanket, and you hold the other two. Begin to shake it around a bit and chant out loud "Popcorn, popcorn, pop, pop, pop!". When you say "pop" make sure all the "popcorn" balls pop out of the blanket. The toddler can then gather them up, and start the game all over again.
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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