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What are some things to do at home with a very active 18 month old?

That also don't involve a lot of set up and clean up :)

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Asked by Anonymous at 7:34 PM on Jan. 26, 2010 in Toddlers (1-2)

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  • Play outside, color, edible fingerpaint (pudding), animal noises, little kid songs, building blocks...

    Answer by SleepingBeautee at 7:36 PM on Jan. 26, 2010

  • Also a lot of what they need at this age is alone play. My 18 mo old play by herself most of the day. She plays with Daddy after breakfast and then plays alone until nap. She plays with me for a little after her nap and then on her own until bed.

    Answer by coala at 7:38 PM on Jan. 26, 2010

  • crumple up some junk mail and play trash can basketball

    have a Pots & Pans Band

    Make your own "cooking show" with play food, or empty containers and dished from real foods

    find poster paper, or tape together a bunch of small pages and trace your bodies and let the kid color them

    give them a dishpan, some measuring cups and a bag of dry beans
    or give them the dishpan, measuring cups and some "magic potion" (water w/ a couple drops of food color) to play in the otherwise empty bath tub

    make paper plate masks

    make (or buy) playdough and mold stuff with it

    do yoga or exercises like jumping jacks

    put a line of tape on the floor and play balance beam or obstacle course

    Answer by raybird1031 at 7:40 PM on Jan. 26, 2010

  • Coloring, with washable crayons of course! lol
    I always let my daughter help me do dishes and laundry even if she doesn't know how to fold or wash dishes, she just usually enjoys running her hands through the bubbles! lol
    Singing, playing tag, cuddling, watching educational movies/shows. Taking a walk in the backyard or around the block.
    Get on the floor and play with her toys, with her. Kids love that!

    Answer by sandypops at 7:41 PM on Jan. 26, 2010

  • my boys love finger painting but it is messy

    Answer by mirit.rose at 7:51 PM on Jan. 26, 2010

  • Well, you have already received some great suggestions. I also let my daughter help me with laundry. She has a lot of fun with that. Also while I'm cleaning the kitchen or dusting, she loves to help, so I give her a damp cloth or baby wipe and she just follows behind me wiping things down. She loves loves LOVES reading, so we read her books all day long OVER AND OVER. We work on her body parts every day, so far she knows eyes, ears, nose, chin, lips, teeth, tongue, hair, boobies, tummy, hiney, hands, fingers and toes. (she doesn't say them all, but she can point to them) We also work on animals and their sounds, the alphabet (not successful here yet) and counting. Hmmm, she loves coloring and playing with her babies. She doesn't watch any tv yet, so other than when we're doing something specific, I usually spend the day chasing her around as she chases the dogs .. lol.

    Answer by BridgetC140 at 9:11 PM on Jan. 26, 2010

  • Singing songs with hand motions
    Pat a Cake
    Itsy Bitsy Spider
    Old McDonald (doesn't have hand motions but I let my DS pick out what animals we do)

    Answer by TDausman at 9:21 PM on Jan. 26, 2010

  • Put on your favorite music and dance.
    Get a pull toy and take a "walk" around your biggest room of the house
    If it's nice outside play a chase game with each other
    washable markers and big sketch pad
    teach them how to go down the slide by themselves
    Find out what sounds things make when you hit them like a drum
    Make your own instruments

    Answer by musichollie at 10:58 PM on Jan. 26, 2010

  • bake- my son loves to help stir, i measure ingredients and he pours it into the bowl, we practice counting- just be prepared for a mess

    water play- i lay a couple towels on the floor, pull out the tupperware and put some water in them

    help dust, wash windows if some are low, laundry, sweep vaccuum

    play dough and cookie cutters

    Answer by terribeari at 1:06 AM on Jan. 27, 2010

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