Activities for 15 Month Old

Mandy - posted on 03/25/2011 ( 5 moms have responded )

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My son is almost fifteen months old. I have been home with him for most of his life. He is a super active child (started walking at 8 months and hasn't stopped!!) who seems to get bored fairly easily. Lately we both have been going stir crazy. He's crabby all the time and he used to always be happy. I think it's because he's bored but I don't know what to do about it. I have tried getting him markers that work on special paper so he could color, he doesn't like to read (doesn't like to sit still), tried playing with his toys with him, got him a ball, go to indoor playgrounds when we can. He just isn't interested in any of it. Anyone have any ideas for what I can do with him. Chase and "Where's Peyton" are getting old for both of us!

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Katherine - posted on 03/25/2011

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There is a site called meetup.com where you can join mommy groups and they have a ton of activities to do everyday.
Chalk is fun and so is shaving cream. Finger paints, the library has story times or you could just go there. I know mine does anyways. The pet store. Go on a nature walk and collect things......

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Belinda - posted on 03/25/2011

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Mandy, does your son like the special pens? I bought those for my daughter and found that because there is a delay in the color appearing she doesn't find it entertaining at this point. I have found that she really prefers to use crayons on paper - that instant gratification - to make sure that the crayons do not end up on the floor, bookshelves, walls and table, I set up the paper on our coffee table and sit right behind her, when she starts to wander off the page, I just guide her hand back on. If she starts putting the crayons in her mouth I just gently take them away and tell her that they don't go in the mouth. If this happens too often then it is time to put the crayons away. Enjoy!



I forgot to add that bookstores also have story times, my daughter is about 17 months old and loves to run/play around the kids books, the shop has a train set out for the kids and lots of board books and stuffed toys. I have found it relatively easy to distract her enough to return the toys and books as we leave - so far.

Elfrieda - posted on 03/25/2011

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My 15 month old son is really keen on stacking things or putting smaller things inside bigger things. I gave him a small toy and a pringles can on a road trip last week, and he was quiet for 45 minutes, just figuring out how to put that toy in and out of the pringles can!
Otherwise, anything that can roll is interesting, taking him out to see other people is interesting, and I really want to try fingerpaints soon.
I find on those really grumpy days that just getting out of the house to get a change of scenery really helps, even just going to the grocery store. (going to visit cousins or to grandma's house is better, of course)

Sarah - posted on 03/25/2011

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I was JUST going to post on this very topic... my 15 month old is also very active and with the wet weather (coming into winter here in NZ) she's been getting so bored lately and it's driving me up the wall because I'm at a loss of what to do with her. She likes to read, but there's only so many books she is happy reading in one day, and she's bored with all her toys. She loves the Wiggles, so I'm afraid we have been watching them quite a lot, which I don't particularly enjoy because I feel guilty having the TV on so much. She loves to play with balloons, so I bought a bag of them the other day and she enjoys hitting them around with me, but again - only so long she can hit a balloon around before getting bored.



She's a huge fan of music, so we often have some of her music playing and we dance around the house. And she loves playing dress-ups. I tried baking cookies with her the other day - I gave her a little bowl and some utensils, and filled up her bowl with a little bit of sugar and flour and just let her play with it and make a mess (I wasn't too concerned about the mess - as long as she was happy!). And she loved playing with the cookie dough and tasting it.



I've just started taking her to Rhyme Time at the library, with lots of songs and music, and she loves that (although it is at her usual naptime, so it kind of throws out the rest of the day, but it's only one day a week). It's free, which is great! (not much is free these days). It might be worth checking out your local library and see if they have any programmes for kiddies that you can attend.



I've also just found out about a toy library close to where we live, so this coming week I plan to take her along and pay the $60 for a year to get unlimited access to loads of toys. I think that'll help a lot, by giving her something different to play with (as she always loves other kids toys). I figure it'll be well worth it and it'll mean we don't have to fork out heaps of money on toys that she'll end up getting bored with.



Also, I've been doing some searching on the internet today and came across a really useful looking website, which you might like to check out - www.productiveparenting.com. They have a heap of activities listed under the Activities section, I haven't had a chance to look through them yet, but some of them look quite interesting.



I guess there is quite a list of activities that we do, but sometimes it just gets boring do that same things every single day. Hopefully that's given you a few ideas though... I'm interested to see what other people do with their littilies too!

Mandy - posted on 03/25/2011

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Thank you so much! Those are good ideas! I will check out that website & try those things. :)

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