Great activities to boost toddlers’ physical development, plus win one of two Johnson’s Gentle Protect hampers

October 30, 2015

Toddlers are indeed always on the move and on the go, and I remember saying that I did the bulk of my marathon training chasing after my toddler at the time.

Toddlers are not only more mobile than babies, but they’re more curious, more interactive and more independent, and they’re also touching more things, putting lots in their mouth and having “dirtier” play. This is where Johnson’s Baby comes in, with their recently launched Gentle Protect range, which is a safe and mild everyday germ protection range for toddlers on the go. Johnson’s approach is “Yes to exploring, no to germs”.

Gentle Protect washes away up to 99% of dirt and germs, while being gentle to delicate baby and toddler skin. The new Johnson’s Baby Gentle Protect range is enriched with natural ingredients including honey, rooibos and green tea extract, which are known for their germ-reducing properties.

Johnson’s is giving away two hampers of Gentle Protect products, worth R350 each, for you to experience how wonderfully working and smelling they are (see details on how to enter at the bottom of the post).

Gentle Protect range

Johnson’s believes that since toddlers have a natural curiosity to learn about their world through play, that we should encourage this exploration. How do we do this? Here are some tips to encourage play and promote development:

  • Go for walks and chat about what you’re seeing and doing
  • Encourage sandbox time. Fill the box with sand toys that encourage manipulation.
  • Encourage water play (always supervised): A paddle pool, running hose or sprinkler make for opportunities to splash, run and chase.
  • Make an obstacle course in your home with cushions, cardboard boxes, toys or other found objects that your child can run around and climb over.
  • Play ball – games that involve kicking, throwing, and catching are great practice.
  • Play music. Expose your child to different styles of music and play instruments with them.
  • Put on a puppet show with sock or finger puppets, or toys.
  • Try finger painting, drawing, colouring-in, dressing up, role playing, action play with animals and figures, visiting museums and shows.
  • Keep them curious, and ask questions. Simple questions such as “Where is your mouth?” and “Where is mama?” keep toddlers excited and thinking. As they get older, keep asking questions that require them to think even harder, for example: “What would you eat if there was no vanilla ice cream?”, or “If it was raining, what would you take
  • Encourage the following physical movements: pushing and pulling, rocking and rolling, throwing and catching, balancing and climbing, running and jumping, and swimming and splashing.

To enter to win one of two Gentle Protect hampers worth R350 each

Comment below and your name will go into a draw. The giveaway closes on Friday November 6 2015 at 9am, after which the winners will be announced on the Rattle and Mum Facebook page and then emailed. This giveaway is open to South African residents only, and to everyone (not just moms or dads!).


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  • ailsaloudon

    It would be great if I won this prize for my two week old grandson.

    October 30, 2015 at 4:47 am Reply
  • Hamish Pillay

    My son is nearing 9 months and already wants to skip the crawling phase and head off to walking. He has changed so much in a year. I think the more he has played on his blanket the more confidence he has gained in trying to walk. Right now he just pulls himself up to his feet.

    October 30, 2015 at 4:48 am Reply
  • Caryn Step

    I just discovered these products recently and I think they’re fantastic!

    October 30, 2015 at 5:00 am Reply
  • Teresa

    I would love to win this hamper – my 11 month old is about to walk and this product seems perfect to keep her protected from germs

    October 30, 2015 at 5:02 am Reply
  • Carolyn Augustus

    Absolutely love these products which does not even irritate my little one’s eczema prone skin

    October 30, 2015 at 5:07 am Reply
  • Zeida Solomons

    Perfect for my little explorer. He loves digging in the dirt for worms and insects and while not wanting to put him off from messy play, I do worry about germs a lot.

    October 30, 2015 at 5:10 am Reply
  • Elaine van Huyssteen

    Saw them recently and would love to try them

    October 30, 2015 at 5:28 am Reply
  • Adele

    Would love to try these

    October 30, 2015 at 5:42 am Reply
  • Carla VDW

    Johnsons baby products are the best!

    October 30, 2015 at 5:46 am Reply
  • Stacey

    I love the gentleness that Johnsons products have on my little one’s skin

    October 30, 2015 at 6:30 am Reply
  • Bronwyn Jacobs

    Would really love to try these. I am always cautious when using normal antibacterial soaps and handwashes as I am afraid that they are too harsh for my 14 month old’s skin. They are not meant for little ones so this product would be so perfect!!

    October 30, 2015 at 6:34 am Reply
  • Olivia Minnaar

    Would love to try these out!

    October 30, 2015 at 7:04 am Reply
  • Ruth Tanser

    Love Johnsons products!

    October 30, 2015 at 7:09 am Reply
  • Monica

    Johnson’s is such a great brand, would love to try out their Baby Gentle Protect range!

    October 30, 2015 at 7:10 am Reply
  • BethN

    This sounds like perfect product for my little rough and tumble boy who loves dirt.

    October 30, 2015 at 7:13 am Reply
  • Lauren

    I like the idea of rooibos and green tea together. Ticks all the boxes!

    October 30, 2015 at 7:16 am Reply
  • Litza

    These products sound great!

    October 30, 2015 at 7:34 am Reply
  • dummymommy

    I just LOVE this new range from Johnsons and would LOVE to win this for our new baby girl

    October 30, 2015 at 8:20 am Reply
  • Sharissa

    I love the new range. The hand wash is especially great for my very curious toddler!

    October 30, 2015 at 9:02 am Reply
  • Christine Kenny

    Absolutely love Johnson’s product ranges. Would love to try this one.

    October 30, 2015 at 9:14 am Reply
  • Alison wright

    Would love to win this for my next friend who is having a baby and I know she loves these products

    October 30, 2015 at 9:17 am Reply

    My two year old just joined a playgroup so with these tips we will have fun filled activities over the December holidays

    October 30, 2015 at 9:28 am Reply
  • stephanie

    This would be great for my little girl,and thanks for the great ideas for toddlers

    October 30, 2015 at 12:58 pm Reply
  • jandi

    Love that bns image!

    October 30, 2015 at 5:24 pm Reply
  • Nanila

    lovely xxx

    October 31, 2015 at 7:30 am Reply
  • Aleysha

    Fantastic products!

    October 31, 2015 at 9:01 am Reply
  • rehana seedat

    Love Johnsons Gentle Protect products for my little one

    October 31, 2015 at 10:27 pm Reply
  • Nadia Faro

    I would love to win one of these hampers

    November 1, 2015 at 1:35 pm Reply
  • Beryl Kairuz

    These are awesome products

    November 1, 2015 at 4:35 pm Reply
  • Sylvia du Toit

    Thanks Tanya for your tips to encourage play and promote development! Gentle Protect hamper: My grandchildren will certainly enjoy it!

    November 1, 2015 at 6:25 pm Reply
  • Nirvana

    I love the Johnson’s range, a brand that we have used since i was a baby. WOuld love to try their new range!

    November 2, 2015 at 6:22 am Reply
  • Bindya

    Great prize, fingers crossed 😊

    November 2, 2015 at 7:15 am Reply
  • Samantha Naude

    I’ve used Johnsons for both my kids and I’m a true supporter and fan…..absolutely love all their products and a huge fan of your blog

    November 2, 2015 at 8:05 am Reply
  • moonstormer

    yes please! 🙂

    November 2, 2015 at 8:33 am Reply
  • Megan Hartwig

    I love Johnsons products, and would really love to try them out 😉

    November 2, 2015 at 9:15 am Reply
  • Linda Laing

    Wow Johnsons is always amazing!!!

    November 2, 2015 at 3:58 pm Reply
  • Craig

    My little one could do with these amazing products.

    November 2, 2015 at 3:59 pm Reply
  • Meagan

    Awesome prize….would love to try the products!

    November 2, 2015 at 6:02 pm Reply
  • Susan

    fingers crossed

    November 2, 2015 at 7:01 pm Reply
  • Tammy

    Johnsons and Johnsons are one of those product ranges we all grew up with or at least have had tried here or there. I love that over the years, the packaging might have changed, but the quality has not. Playing outside, being active, getting dirty and being free are the types of things we want for our kids, I know that’s what I want for my child. Knowing that Johnsons cleans and protects is ideal for the mom who wants the best for her tot.

    November 4, 2015 at 9:37 am Reply
  • Sharleen

    Love Johnson’s products

    November 4, 2015 at 9:41 am Reply
  • Jackie K

    cute hamper

    November 4, 2015 at 10:24 am Reply
  • naazneen

    Definitely soom kewl ideas u got there. I started running marathons n definitely share ur sentiments when u say it started off with ur toddler…im a mum of three but I have to confess I still use jhonssons for myself..haha..but it actually saved me alot of time when toiletry shopping. ..

    November 5, 2015 at 1:45 pm Reply
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