Things to do with a toddler, activities, games??

Courtney - posted on 09/14/2010 ( 7 moms have responded )

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Hey everyone!

I knows SAHM are the best when it comes to this question! I need some ideas on what to do with my daughter. I find my self sitting around and reading or watching TV with her and that is NOT good. We play sometimes, but I am at such a loss for what to do!! She loves to play by herself but when I do play with her, she has the biggest smile. I just don't know HOW to!!! Is that wrong?? I feel like a terrible mom in that aspect because I don't know what to do with my daughter!! Argh, it gets very frusterating!!

Also, she does NOT listen to me at ALL!! She listens to dad without a problem, but just laughs or ignores me when I scold her! Its very irritating and I don't know how to stop it!

She is 17 months old and her name is Zoey! BTW

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Mandy - posted on 09/17/2010

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You can get those water paint books that make no mess what so ever. We have a billion of them. They have dots that are paint you just get water into a cup with a brush and changes the paper color. Jayden loves that. Also, you can pick up an easel that has a marker board on 1 side and chalk board on the other. Magna doodles are also quiet and fun. You can even get dora ones that talk and such, lol i just that one for my daughter for her birthday. Coloring books and crayons, are always a hit and magnets on the fridge and that helps with ABC'S and 123's.

Erica - posted on 09/15/2010

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Here are a few Ideas I found online which my daughter loves! http://www.nncc.org/Curriculum/play.acti... Caroline also loves playing with rice taking it from one bowl to another with her hands or a cup. Finger painting with Shaving cream she's only 16 Months so I don't put food coloring in it yet she just loves the textures! We also play hide and go seek through the house I just leave the doors open to rooms that is safe for her to play in and close off the rooms that aren't safe.

The not listening is normal I went through this with Caroline at 14 months. I set up her pack and play in our den (where there's no toys or tv that's on) and after telling her once not to laugh or to pay attention I put her in Time out for 2 mins. (it's hard to hold out she screamed like a banchee) I only had to do this 2x's and issues were solved I just ask if she wants to go to time out!

Hope this helps!

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Courtney - posted on 09/16/2010

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Thanks for all the tips everyone! My only problem is I have to be quiet and I am restricted to only one floor of my house for any noisy activities. My husband works 3rd shift and is sleeping from 7am-3pm. I will try some of the quieter activities! Thanks all!!

Sophie - posted on 09/15/2010

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finger painting collecting leaves etc to do autumnl sticking with.
junk modelling with all ol house hold bits cereal boxes toilet rolls etc

Paula - posted on 09/14/2010

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Well My 16 month and I sometimes just walk around the neighborhood and check things out, paint while sitting in the high chair, dance to music, buildblocks, tear up newspapers, roll around in the backyard, rearange his bedroom and toys, walk around shopping centers, go to a park, visit friends, go to swimming pool....ect!

Jodi - posted on 09/14/2010

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I have been coloring a lot lately with my daughter. I make a circle, then she makes a circle, or I make a line and she makes a line. She LOVES this "game". We also build towers and "roads" with her building blocks, usually I build and she is captain destructo, but hey, at 18 months she can count to three because of this game!!!! We also take lots of walks around the neighborhood, picking up leaves, acorns, sticks, pointing out familiar objects like trees, rocks, cars and squirrels. I hope this helps! And just have fun with her! Let her lead the play, kids are pretty good at showing us in their way what they want us to do!

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