Sim­ple plea­sures of spring

17 things to do to­gether this month that will bring you and your child closer to­gether

Your Baby & Toddler - - Contents -

1 Learn to greet in as many South African lan­guages as you can. 2 Host a teddy bears’ tea party and in­vite all your child’s ted­dies. 3 Spring clean! Sort through toys and make boxes for giv­ing away, throw­ing away or keep­ing for the grand­chil­dren one day. Do the same with cloth­ing. 4 Wash the win­dows to­gether. One of you in­side, one of you out­side. 5 Septem­ber is the ninth month of the year. Spend a day find­ing 9s ev­ery­where. 6 Bake cook­ies in the shape of blos­soms to cel­e­brate the new sea­son. 7 Go for hair­cuts. Shorter hair is eas­ier to man­age when the swim­ming sea­son starts. 8 Wash the dog to­gether. Wash the ken­nel too! 9 Make pop­corn, but take the lid off when they start pop­ping. Messy, of course, but great fun too. See if your child can catch a shoot­ing ker­nel. 10 Blow bub­bles in the gar­den and watch the sun re­flect in the bub­bles. 11 Print a colour­ing-in pic­ture of the South African flag for your chil­dren and let them colour it. 12 We cel­e­brate Her­itage Day on 24 Septem­ber. Use it as an ex­cuse to braai. (As if ex­cuses are ever needed!) 13 Wait for warmer weather and run through the sprin­kler. 14 Buy a chil­dren’s book by a lo­cal au­thor. 15 Take your chil­dren to an art gallery. Even lit­tle ones en­joy it if you keep the pace brisk. 16 Sur­prise your child by putting a vase with a few flow­ers in their room as a ges­ture of love. 17 Turn sup­per into a pic­nic in the gar­den or park.

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