What daily activities do you do with a 1 yr old while at home?

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Tinker1987 - posted on 12/06/2011

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Get a fair size piece of paper,to put on the floor,and if you have a jolly jumper put your babe in it,with baby safe ink on his/her foot and let him make a picture :)

Tameka - posted on 12/06/2011

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Puzzles! You know those shape sorter things? Both children love those. My younger one still does. You can do all sorts of things with them besides sticking the right shape in the right hole. My youngest will be two in a couple of weeks and she already knows around 15-20 colours, 10 different shapes, has a brilliant vocabulary, can count to 24, can recite the alphabet, I point to numbers between 1-10 and she tells me them, knows over 50 sign language words and her vocabulary is as good as her 3.5 year old cousin.

She knows all this because I have found a way to engage with her on a level that suits her. Find what your child is interested in and take it from there. Read, read, read. Small children love to listen to stories, especially if you include the pictures to help with the story (point out what is happening in the story). Take your little one out for a walk and walk at their pace so they have a chance to explore. If they pick something up, talk about it etc. Everything is an adventure in the eyes of a small child!

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Danielle - posted on 12/08/2011

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I have a 9 year old son and I watch a little boy that will be 2 in May.
We play with big trucks, play with a ball (the 2 year old is very into balls!), he loves my son's magna doodle, the boys like to chase each other, I have a slide and swing that we play on in warm weather. The boys use my legs as a tunnel. We build towers using blocks and these stacking buckets and knock them down.
I only get the two year for a couple hours and it's at night. We do play ball in the house but it is a soft fabric ball.

Mandian - posted on 12/06/2011

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Reading is the thing that both my 1 yr old and 3 yr old love. They also love to listen to music and dance. My daughter is starting to read and its so cute to see her sit and read a story to her little brother. Books are their favorite toys. I read a lot, so they see me and want to do what I'm doing.

Kimberly - posted on 12/06/2011

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Reading stories is a great one, playing with a ball, colouring, playing peek, if its not too cold go for walks and point out different things, even give them some plastic bowls and stir or seal them with dried pasta or rice to make different noises. Follow there lead with some games they might be playing even having a little picnic or tea party will help make believe play

Christina - posted on 12/05/2011

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One yr old is a great time to do sensory activities, shaving cream (non toxic), Play dough, sand, water, snow, ice. Crafts like finger painting and starting with crayons get them small motors working.... dont expect huge results at first it will take time for them to get used to these new things but its also when their lil minds are working their best... read lots of books, do lots of songs and finger plays. if your some were warm go out side often lots to do with them once they can walk... have fun!

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