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PERTH has plenty of ac­tiv­i­ties for kids aged six-plus but not so many for tod­dlers, ac­cord­ing to Scitech’s Belinda Ger­ard.

“There’s not a huge choice of things and par­tic­u­larly find­ing ac­tiv­i­ties that are ed­u­ca­tion­based for lit­tle ones can be quite hard,” she said.

“There are great places for kids to amuse them­selves, but tryVICTORIA ing to find some struc­tured play that ac­tu­ally in­vites kids to play in a con­struc­tive way is harder.”

Toddlerfest kicks off this week, of­fer­ing a stim­u­lat­ing dis­cov­ery des­ti­na­tion for one to five-yearolds and their fam­i­lies.

Ac­tiv­i­ties in­clude sen­sory and bub­ble play, farm­yard an­i­mals, road safety learn­ing, a read­ing nook and ba­sic first aid ed­u­ca­tion.

“There has been a lot of re­search show­ing that al­low­ing kids ac­cess to these hands-on and in­ter­ac­tive ac­tiv­i­ties sets a re­ally good foun­da­tion for creative and crit­i­cal think­ing and helps them de­velop into full and healthy adults,” Ger­ard said.

“So by pro­vid­ing these un­usual ac­tiv­i­ties and al­low­ing ac­cess to an­i­mals etc they can get across the sci­ence thing and fam­i­lies can learn a few dif­fer­ent ways to play to­gether and learn some in­for­ma­tion they may not know.”

Sara Fitz­patrick

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