For both babies and very young children, all important learning takes place within the context of play.
Play is exploration, trying new things, learning about cause and effect and developing an understanding of the world around them. Provide a safe and nurturing environment for your curious child with these five fun tips for creative brain building.
See our COVID-19 resources for more advice, tips and activities to support you and your family through the coronavirus pandemic, from UNICEF experts in health, early childhood development, education, and child protection.
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