any ideas for activities for 19 month olds


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Sarra - posted on 02/22/2009




You could add things to everyday activities to "spice things up" slightly. EG: add cooked spaghetti to a bowl full of water to add some texture and sensory experience to the water play, or add cars to a sand pit, or water to some sand to make the sand stiffer. PLaydough (as mentioned before) is a fantastic resource for children of all ages, or for messy activities, "string painting", dip lengths of string into different coloured paints and let your son drop them onto some paper, they make really attractive pictures, or paint the wheels of a car/truck and roll them across paper! If you dont mind getting REALLY messy, tape some large pieces of paper to the floor, and put large blobs of paint on it and let your child strip down to their underwear and "paint" with their hands and feet across the paper, or add water to the paint to make it runnier, put paper towel into the paint mixture, and drop the paper towel on the paper on the floor to do "splatter painting" - hope this help!

Dana - posted on 02/21/2009




What about playdough?  Here's a good recipe for homemade (that way you know what's in it in case they try to eat some):

1 cup flour
1/2 cup salt
2 tsp cream of tartar
1 cup water
2 tbsp oil (canola or vegetable)
food coloring to desired color

Combine all ingredients in a saucepan, heat over medium heat continually stirring until combined.  Let cool for before playing!

Fingerpainting is a good activity too, though I prefer to do this in the warmer weather when we can be outside.  You can also finger paint with pudding or shaving cream or whipped cream.

Make home made drums with chopsticks and pots and pans or tupperware or old food containers.

Bake, and let your child help you scoop and dump the ingredients.  At 19 mos they could also help stir maybe!

You can always Google "toddler activities" or similar phrases and there are tons of websites with ideas.

Hope this was helpful, good luck!

Sarah - posted on 02/21/2009




i strongly recommend an indoor playground, every where has them now a days, u pay like 8 dollars u sit and have a coffee and let ur child run around, its all child safety and well taken care of, its an all day thing or just an hour where u can get ur head back in the game or u can go excersise too by jumping around with them. my son is 17 months and he absolutely loves it, we go every weekend,

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pudding painting is a lot of fun but it is really messy. just put them in their highchair (with no clothing on) and put some pudding on the tray and let them go at it. i also sing a lot of songs, like old mcdonald, sleeping bunnies, row row your boat and just put music on and dance is always a hit in my house. Something else that is a lot of fun is making shaker bottles. just fill old water bottles with different things (beads, rice, dried pasta) and then tape the top back on and let them play. we make themed ones at our house; colours, holiday, favorite things

Clare - posted on 02/21/2009




Hi my wee man is nearly 2 and he loves to draw. Aqua draw, magnetic board (these are good as no mess) he loves me drawing things for him and copying them himself... He now can draw a face my himself when you ask him.... finger painting in his highchair is good. he loves that too!!

Rae Ann - posted on 02/21/2009




Such as?? I have an 18 month old that does everything with me within my limitations. He also keeps up with his older brothers that are 3 and 7. I would love to help you out, however, I am not sure what you are asking.

Stephanie - posted on 02/21/2009




My son is almost 19mo. He likes to color a lot and love bubbles. You can get cheerios and both of you put it together on a string. Can even eat the necklace afterwards. Fruit loops works too! If messy isn't a problem, playin in a high chair with whip cream seems fun to them.  There are some fun websites just for kids (something like my son is very entertained by that. So many things.

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