I have a 5.5 year old who's super imaginative, very verbal, and loves to draw/sew/do playdough/other artsy craftsy things. She loves to be read to more than anything on earth. We started reading the Harry Potter books a month ago and we're already halfway through the fifth one (which is 850 pages), with a few detours for a couple Ramona books.
But she never - never - does anything on her own. Well, she'll watch movies, though even that she'd much rather have someone do it with her. And when she's drawing or doing playdough, etc., she'd really rather someone be reading out loud to her at the same time.
I can understand the personality trait, but I also have a fifteen month old. And, you know, stuff to do like cook and clean and shower. I'm looking for ideas to strew of things that a 5-7 year old (not reading independently) can do on their own. Bonus points if a 15 month old can't easily screw it up.
I'd rather it be open-ended, and rather it not cost a lot, but I'm also open to suggestions of specific craft kits (for example, she liked these, although wanted to do them together.) I'm going to pick up a typewriter at the thrift store. That's the kind of idea I'm looking for, but I'm open to anything your 5-7 year old likes to do and can and will do on their own.
(So far she has NOT so much been into dollhouse/playmobil kind of play, or legos/blocks/construction. She also has NO interest in listening to audiobooks and minimal interest in computer games.)
Thanks for any ideas!