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02/08/2014 at 14:03
02/08/2014 at 14:29
At that age my nephew liked soft play. Also 'drawing' painting etc. Toy wise he had an indoor basket ball thing, cars, shape sorted and books which were his favourite!
02/08/2014 at 16:10
02/08/2014 at 17:29
A is 16 months and enjoys crayons, duplo, stacking cups, shape sorters. Could you do crafty stuff like making playdoh and making shapes out of it, or finger painting or something like that?
02/08/2014 at 18:23
Thanks all, some good ideas there. He does love soft play, I've been avoiding it recently due to the school hols and it being chaotically busy. Stacking cups, shape sorter and books are also popular, just not for too long! I think I need to get organised and get some crafty bits in so that I've got stuff at the ready, I do think he's old enough now to enjoy those sort of things. I think I'm just expecting too much from him attention span wise and I should just find lots of things that amuse him for short periods rather than entire afternoons! I just worry that I'm not making the most of the time we have together (I work 3.5 days a week) and I just want him to enjoy our days iyswim?
Mrs B, swimming is a sore point here - he's been going since very small, but in the last couple of months if I'm there he clings to me sobbing the whole time. However if he goes with H or the grandparents he does all the things you said - splashing, jumping etc! I think its caused by our swimming instructor taking him off me to get him to 'swim' with her as it mostly happens at lessons, I do need to persevere really so thanks for the idea.
02/08/2014 at 19:15
02/08/2014 at 19:45
L loves Duplo, drawing, playing with the toy kitchen, climbing(!), looking through cupboards, and putting shoes on. If I get my hands on a massive cardboard box, she loves to hide in that. What about treasure baskets? When you next go for a walk in some woodland, you could pick up some bits for it (pine cones mainly) and add other bits from around the house. I've found Pinterest excellent for craft ideas so you might find a few good things on there.
03/08/2014 at 10:47
A's favourite thing is to run around outside so I have really felt the lack of a garden this summer, especially as I'm pregnant. At my parents'/in-laws', he just likes to have the door open and he will go in and out of the garden, preferably naked!
At our flat, if we're not going to the park, his favourite thing to do is be read to. I will sit on the sofa and he brings me book after book to read (his books are on the lower shelves for him, I have no idea how he knows that the books on the next-door shelf are not his!!) so we end up with a huge pile next to us and none on the shelves! He doesn't need a walker but he seems to enjoy pushing his around and slamming it into the sofa. He also likes to look out of the window and tell me about the cars, buses and bikes going by (and planes). We watch Countdown and he likes to listen to the clock ticking down but ignores it otherwise ;) He likes putting things in and out of other things, so sometimes I bring the laundry basket in for him and let him fill and empty it with toys. Oh and he loves balls, he has a plastic football he throws around and he loves pushing my birthing ball around even though it's bigger than him!
At nursery they do painting and baking, but I've not been brave enough yet. I am aiming to try baking with him one day next week before his nap, so I can clean up while he sleeps. Also not been brave enough yet to do crayons etc due to the carpets but we're moving to a house with wooden floors soon so I'm sure those kinds of crafty things will be on the menu more.
03/08/2014 at 20:08
Thanks both, I like the idea of the treasure baskets and I think he would enjoy collecting bits to go in them too, will definitely do that next time we're in the woods. Saisi, we tried baking for the first time yesterday - well, chocolate crispy cakes so no actual baking involved, but still - and L really enjoyed himself. He was a sticky mess by the end, but at least it was a happy sticky mess! Thanks again for the suggestions:)
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