Looking for good indoor (thanks to winter) ideas to do with my 16 month old. Not quite ready for arts and crafts...

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Kristine - posted on 12/17/2008

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It may not sound like such a great idea at first but it helps pass the time quite quickly...play dough. It's a lot of fun and you can sit at the table with your little one and play for hours. They have kits now relatively inexpensive with all sorts of little tools in for them to use or you can just buy the dough itself and use household gadgets you already have. I also remember playing with regular blocks that you can stack up and watch fall as the stack gets taller, and there are always legos, which have been around forever too. Otherwise let him play with pans, covers, and a wooden spoon. You wouldn't believe how much time they can pass just with those few items. Hope that heps. ~Kristine

Rachel - posted on 12/15/2008

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My son just turned 17 months and I am kind of struggling with the same issue. Recently we started making tents in the living room. He loves them and we go in the tent with a flashlight and just check things out. It keeps him occupied for quite a while. Also, if you need a couple minutes to make a call or prepare something, I have taken to putting some scotch tape around his hand or on his arm. It may sound weird, but he loves it and he likes trying to get it off, plus I think he likes the way it feels when it first goes on too...He also helps me clean. i have a little broom for him and he knows how to clean up spills, etc...So, after we are done making a big mess with his blocks or puzzles, we make it a game to pick it up...



Oh, and bath time, at Target they sell bathtime crayons. There are about 12 in a package. I only give him about 2 at a time. He loves writing on his 'bathtime bucket' and on the tub, etc..



Hope that helps some. Good luck.

Mae - posted on 12/15/2008

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My daughter will be 15 months old on Friday, and last night her and I made home made playdough (non toxic) and she had a blast! She helped me roll it out, and we used cookie cutters to make shapes then used a straw to poke a little hole in them, and I put them in the oven to dry them out and later tonight we're going to paint them and add string to make ornaments to hand out to family for Christmas.



LOL it CAN be a little messy with the flour, but it's totally worth it!!



we used 2C flour, 1C water, added salt, stirred, kneaded the dough on flour on the kitchen table, and rolled it with a rolling pin. Then cut out shapes with cutters. Baked them in the oven at 350 and kept turning and rotating them so they'd dry good.



My daughter had fun helping me knead the dough, and helping me roll it out, and cutting the shapes.



We also finger paint a LOT.



We also have a HUGE roll of paper someone gave us, and we rip off a big piece and put it on the floor and either color with the crayons, or finger paint.



Also we build with blocks too, and listen to music and sing and dance.

Elizabeth - posted on 12/15/2008

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You can get finger paints that are clear and look like vasaline but when put on the color wonder paper by crayola it make pictures. Its non toxic and doesnt even leave grease stains, oh and really cheep lol. Mega blocks are always awesome with the young ones, also the round crayons that they can grab with their whole hands. You can also get a type of spray paint that you can put on the wall and it sprays on a chalkboard cause you know no child will refuse coloring on the wall.
good luck!

Maria - posted on 12/15/2008

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I was surprised that my daughter didn't try to eat a lot of the following ideas! :) You might want to try it out and see:



*Make a "bean and/or rice bin"...fill a large but shallow container with dry beans, scoops, cups, small animals, etc. These vacuum up easily but can make a bit of a mess, but my daughter is so entertained it is worth it! We like split peas, rice, small black beans...even flax seed is great...all good and different sensory things.



*Water "table"...same idea as above...I just put water and baby wash in a large Tupperware container and put her over a towel on our tile floor in her highchair.



*Play-dough...make your own, lots of easy recipes online..my daughter "ate" it once...tastes horrible (salty) and didn't eat it anymore. She LOVES playing with it...keeps her busy while I make dinner.



*Bat around ballons or bubbles; build climbing things out of big pillows, the crib mattress, etc; build a fort; get some new kids music at the library, play it loud and DANCE and SING; fill a playpool with all the annoying packing peanuts that you will probably get over the next few weeks in your holiday gifts and let you kiddo jump and play in them; etc....try to think like a kid and have fun!

Kelley - posted on 12/15/2008

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We have a mommy and me gymnastics group along with a playgroup that meets once a week. It's great fun and definitely gets us both out of the house!! And we even live in a small town with not much to do.

Kerry - posted on 12/15/2008

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My 16 month old really likes to play with different toys. He quite likes to drive cars around like his big brother, and when big brother isn't home, we get all the cars to ourselves. Taking one of the bigger cars that won't flip easy, and pushing it from me to him is fun for quite a while. Or watching a pull back car go across the room. He's goes and gets it to see me do it again.

Kelley - posted on 12/15/2008

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Do you have blocks or stackable buckets? My kids loved for me to build them up and they knock them down. My kids also loved playing the drums on different things, dancing around the room and the ever popular rolling the ball back and forth. We also started with playdough that young and fingerpainting in shaving cream or pudding. Good Luck!

Ashalee - posted on 12/15/2008

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finger painting and is always fun at any age and fairly cheap to do. also throwing on some tunes is always fun for that age fun for mom too.

Kristi - posted on 12/15/2008

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Hmmmm. I should mention that we don't have a car most days so these 'projects' are things that we need to do around the house.

Elizabeth- thanks, but I don't think we are in that area.

Elizabeth - posted on 12/15/2008

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Try Birdies in Chesapeake. I know people who absolutely love the place for their toddlers

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