With a toddler at home, it is always a challenge to find enough ways to provide food for the child's intellectual and emotional needs. Taking them out to different places, can engage them in a meaningful way. Sometimes, you don't even need to look for specific places. Your regular places to visit can also become points of fun and learning!
Super Markets can turn into the biggest teaching aid, and can ignite the curiosity in your child while adding a dash of fun. It is the best possible way to introduce fruits, vegetables and grocery to your little one. You can show them various things like trolley, let them chose their favorite product. Show them the vibrant colors that they eat every day, for e.g. give them a task of finding 5 different colors in fruits and vegetables. Making them show different grocery may make your task easy of feeding them nutritious food. They might end up loving the food they don't eat with ease. Don't forget to show the cash counter, where you pay money to buy the grocery. It will be helpful in the long run to develop numerical skills.
Places you can take them to – D'Mart, Hyper City, Spencer's, Reliance Fresh etc
Whenever you can manage that 'extra' time, sneak into the PET SHOP with your little one. Enjoy their expression as they roam around and visit their favorite animals. You will love watching the excitement on your little one's face! They often recall the different sounds that pet animals make. They will love watching vibrant fishes swimming in the water; they will love warmth from dogs and cats. Talk to the pet shop owner about the eating and behavioral pattern of the animals. Without any extra effort, you would be imparting education to your child. Visit to a pet shop might also make your child fearless and, you never know, you might walk out with a new member in the family.
Famous pet shops in Mumbai – Me, and My pet at Goregaon west. Pup Station at Santacruz East.
Located in Vile Parle, Juhu beach is one of its kind to take your little one to. The best time to take your baby there is in the early mornings or early evenings. Don't forget to carry the beach kit and an extra pair of clothes for your baby. He will explore aspects like balance, measurement, weight. Feel the cool beach water so that the baby can directly relate to the nature….. at its best. Local Mumbai eateries are the charm of the beach… ENJOY…
Experience the beautiful Kanheri Caves, lion safari, boat ride and scenic beauty of Sanjay Gandhi National park. Show your baby the rise of Buddhism at Kanheri Caves. This dense green forest, situated in Borivli East, is a perfect weekend getaway for your little one. Your little one might jump with excitement when they see the animals like lion, tiger, elephant, monkey, deer etc , which they have only seen in rhymes book so far. Don't miss the boat ride and lion safari as well.
Suggested timing – 5.00 am – 7.00 pm. Entry fee – Rs.36/-
A visit to a book store may help you identify your little one's personality , likes, dislikes a little better than you interpreted. Your child would love to roam around the book store exploring various topics and end up picking up a book of interest. Big picture talk books, coloring books and story books are the best to start with.
Recommended Place – Crossword, Landmark, or any library
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