Activities with a 16 month old.

Danielle - posted on 01/18/2010 ( 6 moms have responded )

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Hello ladies,

I was wondering what you do to keep you children occupied. My son is 16 months old and I want to establish a better routine throughout the day. We have the usual schedule; Breakfast, play, snack, nap, lunch, play, supper, snack,bed.

I really want to engage him more with his play, but am unsure how. Does anyone know any effective ways to mentally stimulate your toddler? We've done coloring, and on occasion flash-cards, but I know there are activities that I haven't thought up yet.

Does anyone recommend baby sign language.

Now that he is getting older and has a wider attention span; I was thinking of trying that.

I just don't want to feel like I didn't give my son every advantage possible.

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Beth - posted on 01/18/2010

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When my son was 16 months old, I started him on learning colors and his abc's. They have these awesome foam ABC Letters for the bath tub that are in different colors. You can use them anywhere. My son loves them and we make a game of it. It is very easy and fun. I just keep the pile with me and one by one bull them out and say the colors. They seem to learn colors very easily. And then move on the the ABC's. My son is 21 months and knows a lot of the colors now and pretty much a lot of the ABC's.

Stephanie - posted on 01/18/2010

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Our daycare does a lot of different activities with the kids. There are so many activities for 16 month old's. The other day they got a clear plastic bottle, filled it with water/vegetable oil/glitter then glued the lid. The kids had so much fun rolling the bottles around & seeing the glitter spin. They also have this baby yoga video that the kids love and gets them up & moving. Another thing they did was got bowls & put different color stickers around the top of the outside edges. They also put these same stickers on the end of clothespins. The kids had to put the clothespins in the place where the stickers matched. Kind of hard to explain but it looks like this... http://media7.dropshots.com/photos/55869...

Theresa - posted on 01/18/2010

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I have done some signs with my 15 months old. It has helped to know what she wants sometimes. As far as delaying speach as someone said signing does, studies have shown that it does not delay speach and that signing babies have a larger vocabulary when they begin to speak. A book that I found really helpful is "Baby Signing 1 2 3" by Nancy Cadjan. We enjoy playing ring around the rosie and itsy bitsy spider. I know they'e not necessarily metally stimulating games, but we have fun doing them together. Having fun activities for your 16 month old is as important as mental stimulation too I think. There is planty of time for learning, but they only get to be little and play for so long. Reading is something my daughter loves to do too. That is one of the best things you can do with your child to stimulate brain activity.

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Stephanie - posted on 01/18/2010

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I got our son a big book of Dora the Explorer stories. I think they are great. He loves them and it's an interactive book that asks him questions instead of him just sitting back & listening. The dvds are really nice too.

Tessa - posted on 01/18/2010

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There are a lot of fun activities for a 16 month old. We did alot of flash cards with our child when he was around that age and he loved it. We also use alot of 1 liter bottles and filled them up different objects to teach him different sounds. Sign language is good know but if you teach them to early it will delay their speech because they will just try to talk with their hands. It is good for the know basics like eat or thank you but that is about it. I have seen teaching a baby sign language back fire on the parent.

Also you can get a baby laptop that will teach him all kinds of things. We have one and our son still loves it. I also have taught my son how to count in three different languages, I started talking to him in German when he was in my belly and he can now speak German and English, he understand both languages without a problem. There is a show called Wonder Pets and also little Einstiens they both are great for that age because it plays beaufitul music and teaches them all kinds of things. We don't like our som watching to much tv but he does watch educational shows when he does. Have fun trying these activities for your 16 month old.

September - posted on 01/18/2010

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Some things that our 15 month old son enjoys are...reading, singing, going for walks, coloring, crafts (you can find craft books with great ideas for toddlers), animal flash cards (our son loves animals) and dancing. I think that all of these activities are very mind stimulating and provide great opportunities to bond. Enjoy these activities with your 16 month old :)

Tessa - posted on 01/18/2010

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There are a lot of fun activities for a 16 month old. We did alot of flash cards with our child when he was around that age and he loved it. We also use alot of 1 liter bottles and filled them up different objects to teach him different sounds. Sign language is good know but if you teach them to early it will delay their speech because they will just try to talk with their hands. It is good for the know basics like eat or thank you but that is about it. I have seen teaching a baby sign language back fire on the parent.

Also you can get a baby laptop that will teach him all kinds of things. We have one and our son still loves it. I also have taught my son how to count in three different languages, I started talking to him in German when he was in my belly and he can now speak German and English, he understand both languages without a problem. There is a show called Wonder Pets and also little Einstiens they both are great for that age because it plays beaufitul music and teaches them all kinds of things. We don't like our som watching to much tv but he does watch educational shows when he does. Have fun trying these activities for your 16 month old.

September - posted on 01/18/2010

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Some things that our 15 month old son enjoys are...reading, singing, going for walks, coloring, crafts (you can find craft books with great ideas for toddlers), animal flash cards (our son loves animals) and dancing. I think that all of these activities are very mind stimulating and provide great opportunities to bond. Enjoy these activities with your 16 month old :)

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