FACT: Did you know that research tells us that a child’s vocabulary is positively linked to the amount of time they spend participating in pretend play by age 3?

We all want what’s best for our children, but being a parent isn’t always easy. That’s why the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has partnered with Loop News to help you with tips, interesting insights and fun facts.

Here are a few simple suggestions to boost your playtime with your child:

– Give your child clean, safe and colourful things – such as a wooden spoon or a plastic bowl – to reach and touch or bang and drop.

– Make simple picture books, puzzles, hand puppets and dolls to develop your baby’s curiosity and help him or her learn new things. To make a simple puzzle, just glue a picture on a piece of cardboard or other material and cut out the sections.

– IMPORTANT: Be mindful of using products that are safe for your baby, particularly at the age when your baby is likely to be teething and putting lots of things in his or her mouth.

To learn more about how play can help give your baby the best start in life visit https://www.unicef.org/parenting

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