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18 month old activities(7 Posts)
Just after ideas for activities I can do with my little one, I don’t want to buy a lot of things online if I can help it. Any ideas much appreciated we read books everyday (his fave) and dance and go out into the garden if not raining. We also have been learning animals.
Here are some things we've done recently with our 18 month old.
Playing with compost and a bucket and little spade
Spaghetti with food colouring in... She particularly liked it when it was in bubbly water
Lentils and cups, spoons etc
Painting with water
Painting the driveway with water on a paint roller
Egg hunt in the garden
Chalk on the driveway
Throwing and kicking balls
Walking along a plank of wood on the grass.
Roll balls down ramps
Stack and unstuck paper cups
Make a little washing line and hang things on it and pull them off!
Puts clothes pegs on things and pull them off!
Make a den or a tunnel
Hand and foot printing
Make shadow puppets with a torch
Play catch with a balloon
Similar things for us as my daughter is 18 months old.
Throwing a ball into a wheelbarrow
Threading pasta onto a shoe lace
Mixing the cake mixture in the bowl
Follow the joy journal on Instagram she's brilliant (Laura Brand) - posts ideas and has just published a book too - mainly stuff you find in the garden or around the house so no need to buy lots of stuff!
Cover a low table or board with clingfilm, squirt paint over it, cover it with more clingfilm. You can push the paint around and there is no mess!
Cut roll loos in half and tape them to a wall so a ball can be rolled down/between them
Cover the ends of loo rolls with paper and fill with different herbs and spices - child can shake them for sound and smell for sensory. If they get bored, poke holes in the paper so when they shake them the herbs come out (suggest you do this outside or over a tray!)
Wet herbal tea bags (lots of flavours) and use them to make marks on paper
Homemade play dough
Fill a tray with shaving foam and hide toys in it
Collect branches from the garden and use them as paintbrushes
Thread pasta on to string
Freeze toys into ice so they can break them open
Explore recipes - put all the ingredients for a cake in a tray in little bowls. Explore them, mix them, talk about them, etc. If you’re feeling adventurous you can actually make them but baby will be happy just exploring the ingredients and mixing them up!
Posting games - cut holes in cardboard boxes and give different items to post (pasta, balls, etc) make sure not all holes are big enough to teach about size etc
Colour matching games - put colours circles on the floor and encourage baby to put correct colours bricks etc on them
Give a doll or toy animal a bath, make them dinner, feed them etc
Set up plastic bottles and bowl with a toy ball
Make a toy water slide - cut tops and bottoms off of plastic bottles, tape them together and pour water in at the top. Put toys down the ‘slide’ if you don’t want it to be messy, do without water
Organise toys into size order, then colours, etc
Tape lots of paper to the floor so they can draw on it. If you want messy, get the to step in paint and walk over it
Do some gardening - plant seeds into pots. You could paint the pots as well!
Get a bubble machine - I know you didn’t want to buy mich but I swear they are worth the money! They are good on their own or they can add a sensory element to other activities
Paint the garden fence - give them a brush and a bucket of water. The water will darken the fence but not actually paint/damage it. You could also let them do chalk drawings on the fence and then blast them clean with the hose!
Get a washing basket (the round plastic one) and thread wool through it all around so it’s like a spiders web - throw different sized toys into it so baby has to reach through to grab them. They will often get stuck so this helps their motor skills etc
Get Velcro and fix to wall, floor, etc. Stick smaller pieces on bottoms of toys so baby can stick and pull them off. You could theme this if you like - eg set Velcro out on the floor like a spiders web and use insect toys
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