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Suitable arts/crafts for an18 mo

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At 18m I'd suggest that you want to go for more touchy-feely crafts than something with an outcome? Playdough is always a winner - I have a foolproof recipe for homemade playdough here. Fingerpainting is good but I'd say your LO is possibly still a bit on the 'straight in the mouth' phase? You'll know best on that front smile

Gloop is AWESOME, it's a non-Newtonian liquid (which basically means it is simultaneously liquid and solid) - put a mug of cornflour into a bowl, add two mugs of water to it and get your wee one to mix it with his hands. You can add food colouring if you want but as with playdough I'd recommend wilton's gels rather than liquid colouring (you can get in online or in Lakeland).

What about pasta necklaces using a shoelace as the thread? you can paint & glitter them too smile

makachu Sat 12-Jan-13 23:12:01

Good old fashioned potato printing :D

forevergreek Mon 07-Jan-13 17:09:41

Painting ( with brush and fingers)
Drawing
Play dough
Cooking dough / bread ( as someone else mentioned- let them knead dough and dribble in it a while then bake and they excited feed dh when home!) ha

We also have a tray with rice/ pasta: etc in for play with with utensils/ toy animals/ cars
And same tray gets water in sometimes on kitchen floor- with a towel under it's not too bad

forevergreek Mon 07-Jan-13 16:25:05

Painting ( with brush and fingers)
Drawing
Play dough
Cooking dough / bread ( as someone else mentioned- let them knead dough and dribble in it a while then bake and they excited feed dh when home!) ha

We also have a tray with rice/ pasta: etc in for play with with utensils/ toy animals/ cars
And same tray gets water in sometimes on kitchen floor- with a towel under it's not too bad

PastaDee Mon 07-Jan-13 16:19:38

I wouldn't have tried half these things if it wasn't for nursery doing them with her when I went back to work. I was so surprised by the things they get them to do it inspired me somewhat.

Sticking sounds like a great idea! We bought some finger paints for him for Christmas but thought he might be a bit young yet, but I'll definitely try them now! Thanks for the suggestions smile

PastaDee Mon 07-Jan-13 16:15:08

X post!

Thank you, pompoms sound like fun! I haven't been on Pinterest, I'll look now!

PastaDee Mon 07-Jan-13 16:14:36

Have you tried doing 'pastry' with him? My 14mo enjoys mashing it up and smoothing it out again before eventually letting me putting a blob of jam in it and cooking it. I make DH eat it!

I make the pastry in advance. I like it because it doesn't matter if she tries to eat it unlike a lot of things.

DD does a lot of finger painting at nursery but it's a bit too messy for me at home unless I'm feeling very brave.

The only other thing she has the patience for is 'sticking'. I just glue up a piece of paper and cut out shapes for her.

fraktion Mon 07-Jan-13 16:10:58

Glitter glue
Sticking pompom on things (endlessly amusing here)
Might be coming up to an age where threading is a possibility although that varies
Hand/finger painting - some amazing stuff on Pinterest

Other than drawing really (he's not really interested). I'd love to do something with my DS but need some inspiration. I have a lot of craft things in my stock but need some new ideas please.
There's every chance of course that he won't be interested but at least I'll have tried! TIA

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