14 Month Old Needs New Activities

Updated on February 14, 2007
K.C. asks from Blue Springs, MO
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I'm looking for some websites that might offer ideas on activities to do with my 14 month old. Anyone have any they use for references?? I'd appreciate them. The few I have looked at thus far, don't really have much indoor stuff listed.
My son seems to be pretty smart at his age. He has quite a few words he says, including thank you (tat-ooh), juice (juu), crackers (cacker) milk (mik).
We have started getting him to point to his body parts, he knows his nose, tummy, feet, toes, and head.
He's got the Little People Farm, so we'll take 2-3 animals, line them up and ask him to pick out "the cow" and he can do it. He's got the cow, pig, dog, and farmer(boy) down pat. There's many more things he can do, we're just running out of ideas like I said.
Help please?

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A.B.

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Don't forget putting on music and dancing! Or just "waltzing" around the room while you hold him. My lo also likes the feather duster, a pull along duck, and STILL loves anything with buttons.

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R.K.

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Children really like the simpliest things. I know taking a toothbrush and letting them "wash" pennies in a bucket can be lots of fun. A good place that has ideas are the parenting magazines. They always have a section in there with multiple activities to do that's appropriate for the season. You might be able to see them online. Also, the crayola website is helpful for things to do.

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D.T.

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here are a few:
http://www.familytlc.net/index_toddler.html
http://parenthood.com/articles.html?article_id=4447

At this age we were really starting to enjoy reading books. We would pack and unpack a back pack full of dishes and plastic food. We also have lots of musical and interactive toys.

Please remember it is important for him to play on his own a lot. You don't want him to become dependent on you for entertainment and you don't want play time to actually be work time for him or yourself.

Blocks are also a great idea.

Don't forget that he can be responsible for picking up his own things and having neat places to tuck his toys and stuff will help him learn to be organized.
This chore chart doesn't start until 2 but I had my daycare kids picking up toys at 11-12 months.

http://housekeeping.about.com/od/chorechart1/a/ageapprcho...

http://www.familyfirst.net/about/about.asp#about

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J.P.

answers from St. Louis on

Hi K.,

At my Parents As Teachers person's suggestion, we just started teaching our 14-1/2 month old son how to color with Crayons.

I bought a huge floor-size pad of paper at Target and the "fat" washable Crayolas. After like 2 tries he just LOVES it! He cries and fusses when I have to take it away!

I also got those foam bath alphabet letters and we're going to start learning which letter is which soon.

Thanks,

J.

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P.S.

answers from St. Louis on

When my son was that age I made flash cards with the ABC's on them and we made a game out of each letter and by the time he was 18 monthes he could tell you any letter in the ABC s on comand.
I know you may think at 14 monthes old he is to young to color but, if you start with him now doing it.. he will be holding his crayon the correct way in a few monthes..
But i would go to the huggies web site for more ideas.
hope this helps you. good luck

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A.J.

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One thing that worked wonders for my little girl is playing in a tub of rice. I know it sounds crazy but hear me out. It's like playing in sand and you can get them lots of different size cups, pouring tubes, all kinds of stuff and what they are learning is math. Cause what they do is pour into different ones and they measure and really it's a paradise for kids. The reason it's rice and not sand is cause if they eat it, it won't hurt them, it's just rice. Anyways, that's just one thing that I remember, and oh, she still plays with her tub of rice to this day, and she's 4! If I remember more I'll let you know.

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L.L.

answers from Kansas City on

My son love Animal Planet. I have him tell me what the animals are. Also when it warms up take him for a walk and show him the different trees. My son loves the outdoors.
I also bought him some megablocks for X-mas he loves them. He sits and plays with them for hours. The great thing is there not that expensive.

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G.N.

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GO TO HUGGIES.COM THEY HAVE A PLACE IN THERE U CAN SELECT INDOOR ACTIVITIES AS WELL AS OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES FOR DIFFERENT AGE BABIES.

GOOD LUCK

HOPE IT HELPS

G.

MY SON IS 1 AND KNOWS CERTAIN BODY PARTS, HIS HEAD, NOSE, TOES, EYES. HE IS PRETTY SMART FOR A 1YR OLD.

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C.H.

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Check out parenting.ivillage.com You can sign up for the list subscription and they will send you many activities.

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P.B.

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My grandkids like watching DVD's of educational cartoons, like Sesame Street etc. Believe me, he'll watch and learn more and be content

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J.

answers from Kansas City on

Look into Parents as Teachers as they come to your house every so often to show you new activities and will leave behind activity sheets...and assess your child's development while they are there! A few ideas I remember from them:
1) Put uncooked rice into a flat tote and let that be an indoor sandbox. Just remember to put a towel or blanket down first!
2) Put assorted small balls (like the bouncy balls) into a bowl and he can use a cup or measuring spoon to dip them out.
3) Cheap men's shaving cream and have them 'finger paint' on a table. This is best outdoors though!
4) Play fort in the living room by putting blankets/towels over chairs and have a picnic under there.
5) I remember my daughter constantly getting into the cabinet with my tupperware containers and playing with them, or playing with the larger legos that was easy for her to handle at that age. And I agree with another poster about the drawing. Helps with fine-motor skills!

Good luck,
J.

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A.B.

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Don't forget putting on music and dancing! Or just "waltzing" around the room while you hold him. My lo also likes the feather duster, a pull along duck, and STILL loves anything with buttons.

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J.B.

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If you watch the PBS channel, you can go to www.pbskids.org. Another fun site is www.crayola.com. Hope this helps!

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C.D.

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K. stacking blocks and knocking them down is verry inportaint at this age not just blocks but anything stackable i have a assortment of boxes(cardboard) that i let my boy stack them push,hit or kick over. threading beads(large mackrame) is good to. this two items work on gross and fine motor skills. the blocks come with alphabet,colors and animals the new fisher price ones have animals and other items in them with a activity center for them to use the blocks in
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