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My daughter has a broken leg. She has a chronic health condition that causes her bones to be fragile, but that is not the reason for my post. I'd like to know if anyone has any good play and learning suggestions for a 21 month old that is basically on bed rest for a week or so. I fear that we are watching too many movies and too much television.
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Books
Dolls
Play animals
Or a role-playing game, like "Doctor" or "Princess" etc

Good Luck!!
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Oh, that sounds miserable. I'm sorry.

Books - DD is 20 months and so so so into books right now
Sing songs
Identify body parts (one of DD's favorite activities these days)
Take a walk with her in a stroller or in a back carry if these are possible

Hide and find things - in Kindermusik we learned a song that DD loves
"Jingle jingle jingle go the car keys, jingle jingle jingle go the keys,
Lost them, Lost them, where are the car keys (hide them in a pocket, behind your back, under the covers, etc)
Found them, found them, here are the car keys" (and repeat)
DD does this game (including singing the song - so cute) all the time with just about anything now. You can replace keys with any object and jingle with whatever. It's amazing how long this game keeps DD happy.

Play with stuffed animals and dolls
Color, maybe just use the colorwonder stuff

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Oh, that sounds miserable. I'm sorry.

Books - DD is 20 months and so so so into books right now
Sing songs
Identify body parts (one of DD's favorite activities these days)
Take a walk with her in a stroller or in a back carry if these are possible

Hide and find things - in Kindermusik we learned a song that DD loves
"Jingle jingle jingle go the car keys, jingle jingle jingle go the keys,
Lost them, Lost them, where are the car keys (hide them in a pocket, behind your back, under the covers, etc)
Found them, found them, here are the car keys" (and repeat)
DD does this game (including singing the song - so cute) all the time with just about anything now. You can replace keys with any object and jingle with whatever. It's amazing how long this game keeps DD happy.

Play with stuffed animals and dolls
Color, maybe just use the colorwonder stuff
I am going to try out the song as soon as she wakes up from her nap. She is really into body part identification too! We have been reading a lot.
I'm sorry - can you tell me what colorwonder is? I have never heard of it.
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Color Wonder is a series of Crayola products that just use water and are thus "mess free." I thought if she was literally stuck in the bed that this might be better than regular crayons and other messier crafts. You can buy them at Target and such.

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Puzzles, playdough-kids love playdough.........I was scared to let my kids play with it because I thought they would try to eat it but they didn't. Maybe get some windchimes and hang them low where she can bang them, or just bring in pots and pans and a wooden spoon.
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She is really into pots and pans. I hadn't thought about bringing them to her.
She is a proven playdough eater though, unfortunately.

Right now her crib mattress is in the living room on the floor, and she naps, plays, and eats on that. It's still painful for her to be moved. She co-sleeps so at least the mattress is getting some usage. She can sit up fine, and I can sort of give her a lap tray except that she tends to topple it. She isn't supposed to walk or crawl until Wednesday when she gets her splint off and a plaster cast on. She needs to be able to do things that don't require a lot of motion on her part. She has been doing some coloring, reading, and puppets, which she enjoys. I attempted to put her in the stroller yesterday and she stiffened up like a board and wouldn't do it. I may try again tomorrow - it's really cold today.
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My sister broke her leg at that age. She ended up going on a lot of stroller walks and/ or being carried a lot. She was, I think, able to ride in grocery carts etc. so my mother would take her on errands.
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