Activities to do at home with an 18m old boy.

Delana - posted on 08/12/2013 ( 4 moms have responded )

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My husband works 12hr shifts and takes the only car we have to work. So we are always in the house, with limited activities. I don't want him to watch a lot of T.V. & I love that he plays with his toys, but I can tell he gets bored. I would love to have some suggestions/ideas of creative activities to do with him.

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Chet - posted on 08/14/2013

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You could try a dish pan of rice that he can scoop, pour and drive toy cars in. Hide the toys in the rice so he has to find them. A cookie sheet with magnets, or magnets on the fridge is good. Baking. Going in the tub just to play, or filling the kitchen sink with water and using it like a water table with toys. Play dough or clay with cookie cutters and things. Drawing on the windows with white board markers or Window Writers. Sing or use rhythm instruments like shakers along with music. Take lots of books out of the library to read together. Cut up straws and lace them onto strings to make necklaces and decorations.

Chet - posted on 08/13/2013

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Can you go for a walk around the neighbourhood? Our kids loved to go for walks when they were toddlers. Toddlers also love to watch and help around the house. You can involve him in the chores you do just by explaining what you do and giving him things to hold, carry, choose, put away. etc. One thing our kids liked to do was paint outside with water. Give him a buck of water and a paint brush - show him that he can paint the ground, the house, etc.

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Delana - posted on 08/14/2013

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Thank you for all of those are great ideas. He loves to bath and loves to read, we actually just got a library card for him so that we could check out some books. I'm definitely going to look into getting some window markers and other assorted art supplies for him to do some projects with me. Again thank you so much.!!!!

Delana - posted on 08/14/2013

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Chet MC, thank you for your advice. He loves to help me clean and get things out (toys, movies etc) and put them back. We live in an apartment complex so unfortunately he couldn't paint the outside or anything. Though I may see about some sidewalk chalk or something. It is a little harder to take him on walks because I also have a 5m old daughter. I am looking for things like creative art ideas, like science projects or something for his age. I did a shaving cream bucket with him the other day let him draw in it. He seemed to really enjoy that. He is a very fast learner, and way too smart for his age. So with that he gets bored really easily. Thanks again for your advice.

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