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Advent calendar aims to keep toddlers active

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The Infant & Toddler Forum has launched a free online advent calendar suggesting a daily activity for parents to do with their toddler during December.

The interactive online advent calendar allows parents and toddlers to open a different door in the calendar every day by visiting the forum’s website. Behind each door is an activity to do together such as having a Christmas dance-a-thon or making a welcome sign for Santa Claus.

The forum has also launched a factsheet for health professionals – Physical Activity and Play for Toddlers – with easy-to-follow tips to help families and carers of children under five to encourage physical activity and play as part of everyday life.

It is a partner in the Department of Health’s “responsilbity deal” to improve public health.

Health minister Dr Dan Poulter said: “The government is encouraging parents to get their young children physically active for at least 180 minutes a day inorder to give them the best chance of a healthy start in life.

“This activity calendar and factsheet have lots of fun and festive ideas for keeping children active over Christmas,” he added.


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