Things to do with a 15 month old

Hope - posted on 12/26/2011 ( 6 moms have responded )

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Hey all!

I have finally come to the realization that while I spend all day every day with my kiddo the time has become more quantity than quality. I was wondering if you all had any suggestions for activities I can do with my daughter or that I can set up for her to do on her own?

We are currently living on a military base in Germany which has some resources but she is still too young for many of the toddler classes. There is a library storytime but it is at/near her naptime. I have been thinking about a playgroup but it isn't just that I want things for her to do but things for us to do together.

Any ideas on activities for the two of us to do together?

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Stifler's - posted on 05/23/2012

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Puzzles, drawing with crayons, finger painting with a plastic sheet down or outside, picnic outside for lunch, reading stories (I have a book called "this dinosaur is so big' with magnets in it that you can swap around and make up a new story every time), go to the park.

Rachael you could just use natural yoghurt which has no sugar and food dye in it then it would be a healthy snack if he ate it aswell.

Rachael - posted on 05/23/2012

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You can make a fun and safe fingerpaint with vanilla pudding and food coloring. Just make the instant pudding and add a few drops of food coloring. If you help them to spread it light enough, it will dry like regular paint and you can save their creations. Sometimes we have to cut this activity short though because he starts to eat it-which isn't harmful, but I don't want him eating too much sugar. You can also substitute a pureed baby food if you don't want to use pudding, however it doesn't dry well so you can't keep the artwork.

Hope - posted on 01/01/2012

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peanut butter playdough! What a brilliant idea! She is too young for real playdough but I know she would love the stuff she could eat :D How do you make the finger paints? I have been wanting to do some art stuff with her but all the supplies are listed in the 3+ age group and it kind of worried me. We just started trying to go for walks two days ago with a pretty successful trip. We were both on foot for the first time and she loved it though it made the trip really slow. LoL I hadn't thought to look for books on the subject. I will definitely do that. Thanks for the ideas! :D

LauraBeth - posted on 01/01/2012

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I have a 32mo and a 16mo we play learning games to teach them shapes, colors, and letters, I am currently in the process of Potty training BetteAnn(16mo) I let them help me cook, we take walks and I give them a bag to pick up nature to make crafts with, I make finger paint for the windows, and peanut butter play dough, we love to have dance partys, My mom got me a book that has 365 days of toddler activities. we also bought a indoor/outdoor bounce house for them and they LOVE that! We are stationed in Marysville Wa at a reserve station, it is really close to Seattle and once she hits 18mo there is a ton of activites to take her too. I hope this helped!

Hope - posted on 12/30/2011

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I am glad to know I am not the only one struggling to find things to do!

We do build together sometimes I guess I maybe I have just gotten a little bored with the things we can do together. Her favorite thing is being read to and I swear We spend at least two hours a day reading stories. I am sick right now so that is like torture. LoL But she loves it.

I like the idea of a little trampoline. I will look into one of those for her. She has a lot of energy and if it was up to her we would be outside all day every day

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Jennifer - posted on 12/27/2011

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I feel the exact same way and my daughter is the same age! I have found a few fun things my daughter loves to do with me. She likes to play with blocks so we "build" stuff together. Usually it is me building and her laughing as she tears it down. She loves playing hide n seek. Of course its more of hide around the corner and let her come get me but this burns alot of energy and gets her so excited. One other thing is we bought her a little tikes 1st trampoline and she loves to go in there and bounce (she cant really jump yet) while I clap and cheer for her. The trampoline is my go to when I need a rest break :)

Also tell your husband thank you for his service!!! We are stationed in Texas :) The cdc (child development center) here does offer some activities but for most of them they have to be 18months.

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