I'm in a rut! Please share any/all activities you did with a 1 year-old.

Shannon - posted on 03/02/2010 ( 10 moms have responded )




I have a very active 1 year-old daughter. We have cabin fever and are bored with our daily routine, we need some new ideas/activities to keep us busy.


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Melissa - posted on 03/03/2010




Hi, you really have to get down on the ground with them and relate!! show him you are interested in what he likes! My son and i (now 3) we color and sing popular nursery rhimes. We have shaped and colored blocks and I started showing him what they are and building something. repeating all shapes he touches. Then we move on to something else after 20-30min. or he will loose interest in this activity. After a week or so, when we have found the types of things we both enjoyed, It became our routine that doesn't change toooo much. He looks forward to this daily schedual now, and even asks for what he knows to be next (as he got older!) don't forget to include snack and naps, after a fun filled morning he will be tuckered out. lol! After i take my other chidren to school i will put t.v. on while i get a load of laundry in wash and fix breakfast. while he eats i will check e-mails. then its fun time! ten a.m. is snack and then we walk out side a bit before a nap. I will read a short story book or prayer and lay with him till he is out. Get more laundry done, start dinner and clean other things. When he is up we vacuume. then if a play date is on the menu i like it after his morn. nap but before kids get out of school. Then if weather is good we will chalk on walk, or garden, by the time every one is home from work and school he has other things to stay buissy while i finesh laundry, feed pets and family lol. then homework baths and story, teeth BED!!! aaaaahhhhh! ME TIME!!! hahahahaha 9:00pm make whoopi or get on-line.!!!! cuz 5am we do it all again lol! HAVE lots of fun and get messy once on a while!!!

Pamela - posted on 03/03/2010




My 15 month old loves singing and reading books. We are working on body parts right now, ears eyes head, and so forth. The library idea is great!! Most of them have reading groups for all ages! good luck!

Kristin - posted on 03/02/2010




Walks, playground (even in cold weather, not so fun when wet though), coloring, dancing, singing songs, making up songs, storytime at the library or Barnes and Noble, playgroups (no they won't play together, but you will have some company), "cleaning" the tub (get a sponge and a squirt bottle with water in it), bath paints and crayons, roll a ball, decorate cookies, check into mom and me type classes (I did an ASL for babies class), museums, etc. I think going for walks was the biggest hit with mine though. Good luck.

Erika - posted on 03/02/2010




Hi Shannon,
My daughter just turned 1 last week. I also have a 2 1/2 year old. I'm not where you live and what your weather is like, but we all enjoy walks. It's great exercise for me, and both kids love it. Have you thought about joining a Mommy and Me class? I have signed up for a couple and I'm really happy I did. My children get to interract with their peers and I enjoy talking with other Moms.

Hope this helps a bit.


Kat - posted on 03/02/2010




sounds good. i understand about getting in a rut. but its easy to get out of it if theres nice free thngs to do in the area.

Cassie - posted on 03/02/2010




patty cake when its nice we go for walks i tought him how to tickle ring around the rosey i taught him how to feed a baby doll he knows animal sounds now and where all his body parts are and he points to them... thats mainly what we do

Kat - posted on 03/02/2010




go for a bush walk, go to the pools,park,relatives. visit other friends who have children the sameish age. the library... umm join the toy library and get sum different toys to play with... i dnt no.. my daughter is 2 now cant think of what we did when she was 1.

Taralee - posted on 03/02/2010




I used to be a preschool teacher for toddlers so here are some ideas:

Fingerpainting; Sensory bins (you can put dry rice, or water, or cornmeal, oatmeal, things frozen in ice) use a rubbermaid bin and place it in your kitchen when your working in there ; Hide and seek with the dog (if you have a dog); inside treasure hunt; making musiccal instruments from household objects (i.e. pots and pans);

Bethanie - posted on 03/02/2010




Something fun to do at home would be:

-get some construction paper and a pack of crayola kids paints (non-toxic and washable) and put some on a plate and either guide her hands to it and let her rub them all around and put some messy designs on the paper or paint her hands with a paint brush and let her do hand prints. My son had a lot of fun with this but I'm not going to lie, be prepared for a mess! But, it's washable!

-Have you checked out any local mommy groups in your area? This would be a great way for her to interact with other and kids and let you meet other moms.

-Something else to check out is if any of your local libraries or book stores do a toddler lap-sit story time, if you think she'll stay put for a half hour.

-If all else fails, take her to the park! ;)

Jo - posted on 03/02/2010




hiya i dont actually have a 1 year old but i work in a nursery so could share some ideas: Painting, messy play such as cornflour, water, sand etc, playdough, dancing, singing nursery rhymes, reading books together, playing in the garden. hope this helps a little

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