I don’t know about you guys but Lil man and I are tired of this apartment. Alright Rona, its time for you to get evicted lol. I will say as much as I would like to see what the future holds, I can’t lie and say I’m loving seeing my baby boy grow right before my eyes. Like literally, he’s growing by the minute. But while we’re here I had to come up with a few ideas to entertain, develop, and teach my little one during this time. These are 3 activities I tried for my 1-year-old. All these items were brought from the Dollar Tree I might add.
1. Ice Painting
- Location: Outdoors
- Time frame: 35 minutes
- Items: ice cubes, bowl, brushes, paint, add a painting apron if you’ll like.
This activity was fun for us both but please make sure you monitor them because if your baby is under 1, He will try and eat the paint.
2. Playdoh Magnets and Sticks
- Location: In or outdoors
- Time frame: 25 to 30 minutes max
- Items: Playdoh of choice, ABC magnets, and popsicle sticks
Lil man liked this during his 1 hour TV time and it kept him occupied
3. Magnet Fun
- Location: Inside
- Time Frame: 1-hour max
- Items: Cookie sheet and magnets
This activity I must say was my son’s favorite until he begins to heat the ducks and tried clamping his finger.
All these activities help with your child’s motor and developmental skills. They’re simple to do, fun, and the thing is you have the majority of these items in your home. With my baby only being 19 months his short attention span only last for the time frame given, throughout the day I have incorporated a full curriculum for him.
Please note: This is not a mandate, it’s just a plan. Do not be hard on yourself or your kid. I know my baby is continually going through a growth spur. Some days he loves activities and other days he doesn’t want to play. So test these out, let me know if you’ve tried them out and whats your favorite activity. More activity to come.