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I'm not sure if this is the right forum for this, but here goes...<br><br>
I have a a 13 mo old and babysit a 19 mo old. I'm trying to set aside a chunk of time every day where we work on fun activities or "crafts" together, and I need ideas! I'm not the most creative person, but I really want to encourage creativity in both of them (and have fun!). The only things I've come up with so far are reading books (which they love), putting out butcher paper on the floor for coloring, and "sweeping" the floor together. The weather is getting nicer, so I'd love some outdoor suggestions too. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
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Well my DD is 17mo and likes those color wonder markers and finger paints, but that is for you to judge on weather you think those would be ok. Cause they are marked for ages 3 and up, but I felt that my DD was ready to try "coloring" without having to worry weather she would color on my walls..LOL I also do "cook time" where we pretend to cook and make yummy snacks. DD loves to bang on pots and pans...<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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You can do play doh, sidewalk chalk, going for walks, kicking a ball, the playground, paint with water on the sidewalk.
 

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my son's favorite thing to do that will keep him occupied for literally hours is play in a big bowl of water outside. he throws things into it, splashes and loves every second of it.
 

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You could dig for worms!<br><br>
I am using a great book entitled Slow and Steady Get Me Ready. It has really simple ideas that are age appropriate for each age by week and month.<br><br>
Nina<br><a href="http://preschoolathome.typepad.com/" target="_blank">http://preschoolathome.typepad.com/</a>
 

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Thank you for all of the fantastic suggestions!! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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Ds loves putting stickers on things. I'll give him something like a plastic cup and he slathers it with stickers.<br><br>
Containers (like oatmeal containers) are fun to play with.<br><br>
For craftiness we mostly use crayons and paper or sidewalk chalk.<br><br>
He helps me sort laundry (get all the wipes out of the basket, etc.), puts socks in the sock drawer, helps transfer clothes from the washer to the dryer.<br><br>
When I dust or wipe the floor, he has his own cloth and wipes right along with me. When I vacuum he either uses his toy vacuum (he likes to play bumper-vacuums <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">) or uses one of the attachments from the real vacuum.<br><br>
He loves to dig in the dirt. And try to pull weeds.<br><br>
Bubbles are fun!<br><br>
Let them mix up stuff in the kitchen. You can make some salt dough (salt, flour, and water, I think). Let them mix it and then squish it up.<br><br>
Fingerpaints - edible like pudding or Jello (I think you make it with less water and just let it sit to thicken - not in the fridge).<br><br>
He sometimes likes to tear paper (give them an old phone book and let them have at it) or crumple paper. Just be very clear that this is a special book that they are ALLOWED to tear.
 

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I recently found the book "The Toddler's Busy Book" by Trish Kuffner (I think that's the right name?) and LOVE it! Its got tons of ideas in it for this age! Otherwise I too have had a hard time coming up with simler crafts and things for this age. I'd recommend checking that book out! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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use sponges in different shapes or letters and let them " paint" with water outside. ONce they learn not to put the sponge in their mouth, you can add some paints to the water (it washes away)<br><br>
water table<br><br>
sand box<br><br>
rice box(used like a sand box)<br><br>
make your own play-doh (google the best playdoh in the world for a good recipe!! adding unsugared kool-aid gives it a great color and great smells as well!)
 

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My dd is 18 months old and loves to imitate. If I sweep, she gets her mini broom and sweeps. She also gets out her little vacuum when I vacuum, and loves to help me mop the floor with her mini mop. She even dunks it into the water bucket and wrings it out. (I only use water and vinegar, so its safe) She also likes to help me dust furnature. She already helped me scrub out the bathtub. I say let them help you do house work! She also loves to draw. I only give her the washable markers, though. I will give her a large poster board to draw on. Sorting laundry is another favorite of hers, too.
 

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we have puzzle time. Crayon time. we also have bins with rice, oatmeal, and sometimes macaroni and we bury toys in it for them to find. It provides great sensory input and they love it.<br><br>
you can always do a mid-day bath. my kids love it. (no soap allowed, only toys <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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I filled a water table with dried peas and lentils. I give my boy cups and spoons and little boats and he has at it. He likes to throw a handful on the ground and help me sweep it up.
 
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