Have box, will play

[6 mths +] National Children’s Week : One experience a child will always say ‘yes’ to, is playing with a cardboard box! Leave them around and see what your child will do with it. Not much more to it than that (of course you can get fancy and decorate)!
From ~11 mths – your baby might be interested in putting objects into the box
– play in the box – think ‘row row row your boat’, ‘rub a dub dub’
From 18 mths – your little one might be interested in pretend play – a pretend bath in the box or pretending a doll/toy is having a bath in there or it could become a bed
– a big box could become a house with a door to play knock, knock or lock the door with a pretend key

From 2 mths – let your child’s imagination go wild by just leaving them to it. Different sized and shaped boxes are great and don’t forget leaving them in different places (eg. on the trampoline versus in a cubby versus on a rug).

And of course when they are finished with them, they can help to take them out to the ‘recycling bin’ (a term you can talk about).

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About heidelightful

Hello friend! I am a paediatric speech pathologist and health coach. My vision is to create a world where parents can understand the real link between diet and their child's health and behaviour, and know how to create true health for their family. My two young, wonderful and sensitive sons both have food intolerances and have also taught me about my own, that I have never known about until now! Topics I have looked into for my own family's health and also from my role as a speech pathologist with children with picky eating are food intolerances, fussy eaters, creating healthy eaters and eating to prevent and ‘cure’ childhood issues such as ADHD, autism, eczema/skin issues, trouble sleeping, low immunity, frequent snot/ear infections and bedwetting, to name a few. I write many posts coming from being an exhausted mum trying to keep up with fussy boys who can only eat certain foods and also as a professional who has worked with other children with similar issues. I live on the Sunshine Coast in Australia with my husband and two boys and was previously an exchange student in Brazil! I hope to inspire you to help your child achieve their potential through health and well-being. Thanks for stopping by :) Heidi

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