It’s all about na­ture

Don’t let cooler weather keep you in­doors, es­pe­cially not on all the pub­lic hol­i­days in March and April

Your Baby & Toddler - - Contents -

Take a pic­nic to your lo­cal na­ture re­serve and find some in­ter­est­ing bugs to look at. Put old clothes on and give your dog a good wash. When you’re done with the dog, you could also give a teddy or two a scrub­bing. Lie out­side on the lawn on a moon­less night and see if you can spot a shoot­ing star to make a wish upon. Keep your eyes peeled for satel­lites too. How many an­i­mals can you name start­ing with the let­ter M? Pick up a stone from ev­ery place you visit and dis­play it on a win­dowsill or man­tel­piece. Test your child’s mem­ory by ask­ing if they re­call where each stone came from. Swim as of­ten as you can – soon it will be too cold. Save veg­gie left­overs or take some dog pel­lets to feed the ducks in the park. Rather avoid bread. Hu­man Rights day is cel­e­brated on 21 March. Talk to your child about rights and free­doms in an ageap­pro­pri­ate way. It is never too early to start rais­ing a good cit­i­zen. March is the third month of the year, and April the fourth. Teach your lit­tle one what those num­bers look like and how to count to four. Go for a late af­ter­noon walk in your neigh­bour­hood to find your sub­urb’s ugli­est dog. Spec­u­late about what his name could be. Munch on raw car­rots, just like the Easter Bunny. Col­lect au­tumn leaves, glue them on a poster and dec­o­rate it to make a sea­sonal art­work. The SA Cheese Fes­ti­val is on from 27-29 April at San­dring­ham out­side Stel­len­bosch. There is loads for lit­tle ones to do. Get all the info at www.cheese­fes­ti­val.co.za. Keep things nat­u­ral. Make a face mask out of: 3 ta­ble­spoons oats, 1 ta­ble­spoon wa­ter, 1 ta­ble­spoon honey. Mix, ap­ply to your face and lie with your feet up for ten min­utes. Take your fam­ily to the world-renowned Sterk­fontein Caves in Gaut­eng. Visit www. maropeng.co.za for de­tails to turn this into a fan­tas­tic day trip. Tickle your child’s feet with a feather. Take a kite to the park. YB

That tree you drive past ev­ery morn­ing? Can you iden­tify it? If not, it is time to down­load the award­win­ning lo­cal app The Tree App. It is like hav­ing an in­ter­ac­tive en­cy­clo­pe­dia on your tablet or phone. In­volve the chil­dren and help them sharpen their...

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