how to entertain a 17 month old

Dawn - posted on 06/27/2010 ( 19 moms have responded )

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i got a 17 month old daughter who gets bored easiley. shes got books puzzle loads of toys we go to baby groups which she loves. she wont let me read to her because she turns the pages over to fast. then when i turn them over she gets upset.she loves painting & colouring but there aint much room in my flat. we havent got a garden or any outside space for her to play. so she cant have outside toys.we go to the park which she loves. but its to hot for her at the moment. plus what can i do with her when its winter time. have anyone got any tips to entertain a 17 month old

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Angie - posted on 06/28/2010

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I have found with both my boys that the simple stuff works best. (My oldest is 4, my youngest is 17 months.) They have bins full of toys, but at this age, what has really worked for us is measuring cups that nest inside each other, mixing bowls & wooden spoons, an old cell phone, a shoe box with rocks in it (yes I'm serious), anything they can stack up (tissue boxes are good), lots of rubber balls. I found I was over-stressing myself trying to entertain my oldest at this age, so with my next one, I really relaxed and am letting him explore and entertain himself. I think the 'less is more' (stimulation) is proving to be a good approach. Good luck! :-)

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I agree with the mom who mentioned songs and alphabet. Singing songs and ABCs are really a winner lately. It's not only teaching her but helping her mimic me. She's really starting to catch on and is feeling more confident when she can repeat what I do or say. The tantrums tend to die down a bit as well since she feels better about communicating in a way.

As far as books... let her turn the pages! It really helps them love reading "their way" and not resent reading. I load the shelves with books and she goes through them like crazy. She's even starting to "read" to herself quietly in her room. It's really great. The words don't mean much at this age, but keep opening books a fun thing to do!

Crystal - posted on 06/28/2010

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my daughter is 17 months and ive been teaching her the alphabet, reading, and colors. she can say the whole alphabet now and recognizes the color green. i also do things like stringing cheerios to make a bracelet or necklace, sing songs, dance, water play in the tub, frosting cupcakes, bubbles, putting stickers all over a piece of paper, tv,

Sue - posted on 07/07/2010

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Hi there Dawn, it's hard when they don't just sit and listen to a book but I worked out with my first that if she didn't want to listen then you just talk about the pictures and ask them to point things out and let them kind of read it to you and you'll find that over time you can sit and read a story together - you'll get there. They love games like copying actions, singing songs, peekaboo, put on some music and dance around the room, puppets. Also play-dough is good - just if you make it though - they love eating it so I don't like the shop stuff till they are a bit older. Even sorting a peg basket (if you have any) or socks, even washing they love to try and help. Also a little container of water and some cups can be good fun(if you have some non carpet space inside). It can be hard when they want your attention all the time but it will get easier - sounds like you are doing the right things though with play groups and the park. ;) Good luck.

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Sirena - posted on 07/09/2010

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oh yeah.. and did I mention we have 3 dogs..lol never ever can say she isnt entertained :) she loves walking out little chi and everytime she meets a dog she want to walk it. :)

Alexia - posted on 07/09/2010

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just remembered, another thing we used to do was to collect things from the garden or park, sticks, leaves, flowers etc and then bring them home, put them in a plastic container full of water, and freeze it. when it is frozen, you can pop it outside or inside in a oven dish and they love to watch it melt, and also to see their treasures frozen in ice. it takes a while to melt, so is something they can keep coming back to, a distraction during the day "oh, how is your ice sculpture going?". My daughter loved this when she was 18 months.

Alexia - posted on 07/09/2010

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I have an 18 month old son and 3 year old daughter. It's winter time at the moment in NZ, and what we do is make huts out of blankets and chairs. Its keeps the kids entertained for hours, and I only have to fix the hut a couple of times. Another idea is icing and decorating cookies, if you don't mind a little mess. Also, cardboard boxes are good fun, especially if you put their toys in with them and push them around the carpet.

Kristy - posted on 07/09/2010

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Lots of great ideas already; but yes, mine loves pillow piles, shoes, hats, necklaces, and anything that stacks inside each other (like measuring cups or tupperware bowls). It must be hard though not having a good outdoor play area because that would help. But you deal with what you have and it sounds like you're doing a fantastic job already keeping involved.

Angela - posted on 07/08/2010

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Give him a big box. Mine is entertained for hours with a box he can fit in and close. If you have other kids, it can last longer.

Shay - posted on 07/08/2010

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I also have a 17 month old and she likes to play with pots and pans and she loves to bang on them and chase people with them she also loves music she loves to dance and she also loves Caillou and elmo

Sirena - posted on 07/08/2010

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Sit her down with a box of your scrunchies? hair bows.. bracelets.. or let her sit while you do laundry.. she will sort/separate it .. in her own little piles.. so let her do laundry while you fold .. or catch up on the laptop. Bella really loves just looking through my shoes and wearing them all .. sometimes i bring a dozen from the closet. (nothing new to buy/get) and let her play.. :D

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When it was too hot to go outside, I made a mountain out of big pillows that goes up to the couch, and she went up and down it all day. A little mini-playground, lol!

Tonia - posted on 07/07/2010

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My daughter loves helping me. I have two swiffer dusters and she uses one while I use the other. She also likes to play with the pots and pans, and bang on them. Good luck.

Brandy - posted on 07/06/2010

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I keep my 17 month old's toys and books in separate milk crates around the house...i pull out a different crate each week with her toys...it's like getting a box full of new toys each week! she never gets bored with them!

Emma - posted on 07/06/2010

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Gotta say copying you, give her a duster let her have a go with the hoover let her sit on the side with her feet in the washing up bowl ( no sharp objects lol) Just let he be a mini you , that's what she wants ,,, my daughter is exactly the same play dollies with her just have your rest when she sleeps I'm afraid ;) Let me know :)

Kat - posted on 07/06/2010

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my daughter is 17 months as well... she not realy into her toys... but if u give her lots off small bowel and a big 1 with water in it, put a towel under neats it and let her play with the water.. my daughte absolutly loves it and can play with it 4 ever... water from bowel to bowel... or give her a spoon 1 bowel with exampel hard uncooked pasta (or anything else small or even sand) and 1 empty bowel.. she will concentrat on putting the pasta with the spoon in the empty bowel... it is realy the small things kids are intressted in... things u use daily.. or shoes.. my young 1 loves it to put my shoes on and walk around with it... putting my clothes on, hats and what ever she finds...

Stacey - posted on 07/05/2010

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How about play dough (just watch that they don't eat it), colouring, or watching you cook? Sometimes I let my little boy ride on my back in the Chimperoo while I'm doing chores. A stick and rock collection from the yard is a nice thing- you can keep it in a special box. Rotate your bathtub toys so that they don't get boring- then bathtime continues to be fun. Do you have a library nearby? Sometimes they offer free programs like Rhyme Time for toddlers. Open a kitchen cupboard filled with safe things for him to pull out and play with. how baout putting on some music and dancing? I'm looking forward to hearing more ideas from others...

Natalie - posted on 07/05/2010

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When reading books you don't always have to read the exact words that are written as some books can be a bit long therefore your little one may get bored. Try talking about the colour of different things in the pictures or counting how many balls or ducks etc there is on one page. You can even make up stories of your own by just describing what you see in the pictures.

Diana - posted on 07/02/2010

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My son loves it outside and is now winter at the moment and he doesn't mind the cold. I put a hat on him and a scarf and he is happy to walk around on the grass picking things up and exploring. It gets him tired and he has a long nap afterwards. I also bought him heaps of balls which he loves to throw.

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