Stimulation is important for toddlers and their development. Research shows it can improve 3 key components: Your baby’s attention span, memory and nervous system development. Furthermore, it can help your baby reach their developmental milestones improve motor skills. So, if you’re keen to learn how to stimulate your toddler, and keen to win a Barney ‘I Love You’ Singing 10″ Plush, then read on.
How to Stimulate your toddler
Get down on the floor and play
Get their toys out and play with your toddler. Any toys will do, your participation as the parent is key. Stuffed teddies, cars, blocks, dolls and puzzles are examples of toys you could bring out. Even just rolling about, tickling and being a child with them, is great way to stimulate your toddler.
Let them run wild outside as much as possible. Let their bare feet run free over the grass and sand. Allow your toddler to touch and feel and discover all the things of the outdoors. Interact with them. Please don’t let your toddler run around without supervision.
Allow your toddler to get bored
As moms we sometimes feel pressure to always have an idea at hand. But, it’s not necessary. Infact, allowing your child to be bored, gives them the opportunity to use their imagination. If you read my previous article, “Ditch the screens and play“, you will learn that screen time does not count.
Visit new places
Take your toddler for some exploring. It need not be extravagant and expensive places. A visit to your local park will do. Also, if you read the article ‘5 Budget friendly things to do with kids in Cape Town‘, you will discover some awesome yet inexpensive places to take your children.
Let them help you with chores
I know I know. You just want to get done with what you’re doing, so that you can relax. Me too. And it probably means more messing around than anything. But lets try and get rid of that OCD and let them help a little. It’s a great way to stimulate your toddler.
A little bit about Barney
Theres something special about this particular Barney; he sings!! The delight on Coles face when he hears Barney singing is priceless! Give Barney a hug (squeeze the heart on his chest) to hear him sing! He is 10” big and fits perfectly in Coles little arms. And he is so soft and cuddly.
Playing with a Barney™ soft toys develops:
- Emotional skills – understanding the world they live in and relating to other people
- Self-esteem & identity – development of self-concept and personality
In the world of Barney & Friends™, sharing and caring are key, imaginations flourish and there is always a dance at every turn! Join everyone’s favorite purple dinosaur, as he and his dino-pals, Baby Bop™, BJ™ and Riff™, help give children the range of skills they need to grow; using tons of music, fun and laughs to guide the way! Barney has always been a trusted guide in developing the hearts and minds of toddlers.
By encouraging imagination, Barney helps boost creative thinking and lays the building blocks for co-ordination and important life skills during early childhood development. Barney continues to entertain toddlers through his live stage shows at the Mama Magic Baby Expo’s and other platforms throughout the year.
The Barney ‘I Love You’ Singing 10″ Plush is available at leading retailers nationwide. The recommended retail price is R349.99. For more information about Barney, please visit Barney and Friends , Barney Facebook page or the Just Fun Kids Facebook page
Win a Barney ‘I Love You’ Singing 10″ Plush – How to enter
RULES: This giveaway is open to residents of South Africa only. The winner will be selected randomly via random.org. Should the winner not respond within 7 days, a new winner will be selected. Competition closes on Tuesday the 20th of February 2018 and winner will be announced on Thursday the 22nd of February 2018.
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