What to do with this activity?
Going out together into the world outside your home will stimulate your baby. They will see lots of new and unfamiliar things, while feeling safe with you.
Why not visit a pet shop near you? Most pet shops have small animals, birds or tropical fish that will fascinate your baby or toddler. Talk to them about the noises they make, their colours, fur or feathers, and notice their eyes and mouths. If you are looking at fishes in an aquarium, count out loud how many there are of each colour. Your little one loves to hear your voice. This is the way they learn about their world and how to talk about it in words.
Why am I doing this?
Children learn about numbers in a natural way through play and by counting real things in their everyday lives. The repetition of numbers in a fun way helps children remember the sequence of 1, 2, 3. Movement and rhymes also make it easier for a child to remember sounds – that’s why nursery rhymes are so great.
How can I do more?
When out shopping, count food items with your child as you put them into your trolley. If you’re saying a nursery rhyme why not shake a plastic bottle filled with rice or small stones to the rhythm to make more noise.
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