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My daughter is obsessed with animals and books. we read a variety of animal books, but they all have the same basic animals. horse, cow, donkey, chicken, lamb, sheep, owl, bird, etc... she points at them, tells me the name and the sound they make. She seems to be getting bored with it.<br><br>
I need some suggestions on what to move on to. she has no interest in counting, colors, or body parts...any suggestions?
 

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She probably isn't bored, but I bet you are! My DD loves reading the same books over and over and OVER! She wants to memorize them.<br><br>
Have you considered teaching your DD signs language for different animals? There are also great books for children that feature zoo, pets, farm, baby animals - ask at your library for help finding them. You could also draw animals with her (and talk about their body parts and colors if you want).<br><br>
Soon, it will be something else that captures her attention, but in the meantime have fun.
 

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We go to the library and just grab half a dozen books at (mostly) random. Then you see which ones she really does like. Books are EASY.
 

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There are some fun DK (Dorling Kindersley) real-photo books that have more animals than just the typical ones. What about branching her out into types of dogs, for example?<br><br>
If she likes art, there is a nice clay material called Sculpey that doesn't dry out that we like to use to make things like animals.
 

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Great suggestion. At around a year and a half, my ds was just becoming obsessed with the breeds of dogs and loved to identify them at parks.
 

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thanks everyone...the library it is<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink">
 

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You could go to a zoo, nature preserve or a local farm and take your own photos of animals and make a pook. You could laminate printed photos or cover cardboard pages in clear contact paper, bunch holes and string together with ribbon, or usethose metal rings you can get at an office supply store.
 

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When BooBah was about 13 months old and BeanBean 2.5, I borrowed this massive animal encyclopedia from the library. We had it out for 6 weeks (maximum time with renewals) and both of them cried when it had to go back. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment">
 

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Google image search is a great place to get pictures of different things, too. We've done lots of (probably illegal) image search, copy, and printing for various purposes.
 

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i got dd this awesome set of animal flashcards/photos for $.99 at a discount store, it has 50 animals and i just used a hole punch to make holes and put them on a ring. the front has a photo and the back has facts about the animals, which i sometimes read to her. dd LOOOOOVES to look at the cards and identify the animals and talk about them. her favorites? jellyfish, fox, hyena and panda bear. and having them on the ring is great because she can 'flip' them herself without bending or losing cards.<br><br>
we are members of our local zoo and they send out a nice glossy magazine every month, and dd loves to look at that, too. awesome pictures of unusual animals, and then when we go to the zoo, she can identify them!<br><br>
you can always find some free back issues of national geographic and cut photos out of them, then laminate them to make your own cool 'cards', too, and it would cost you next to nothing.
 

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How can you tell she's bored? Just wondering if she really is because it's developmentally very normal for young toddlers to love repetition, so I wouldn't worry if she's loving to hear the same books over and over again. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> Though I certainly sympathize if you get a bit weary with it.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">How can you tell she's bored? Just wondering if she really is because it's developmentally very normal for young toddlers to love repetition, so I wouldn't worry if she's loving to hear the same books over and over again. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> Though I certainly sympathize if you get a bit weary with it.</div>
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it seems she's bored, because she'll flip through the pages very fast, and she says the name of the animal and the sound before we even get to the next page iykwim..ex if on page 1 there is a cow, she says mooo, cow, than she'll say baaa, sheep before I even get to page 2 which has the sheep. I'm problably getting more bored with the same animals than her in all honesty<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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Yeah that just sounds like she's feeling some mastery. It's exciting to her to be able to know instantly what the animal is and she's relishing her expertise. If you think about it, she's spent most of her life basically helpless and not familiar with what the deal is--the "new kid," literally. Now she has been around long enough that she can move around and communicate and identify things and she feels really proud of herself and psyched! My daughter (14 mo) gets so excited when she sees a cat. She knows what it is, she can say the word for it, and we understand her when she says it. Eureka!<br><br>
But I totally hear you about how tedious the repetition can be. They need it and love it but for the adults it's like omg no I cannot stand another minute of this. Right now our thing is having to read "Goodnight Moon" 4 zillion times all day so she can identify the cats and the bunnies. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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I was very worried about this repetition stuff before I had kids, but luckily mine don't want it. I give you serious kudos! If I had to read anything more than 2 or 3 times, I would "lose" the book! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin">
 

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One thing I have done is stock our house with board books that are more amusing for me. I mean some of the board books out there sound like they were written by a random sentence generator ("Bunny is eating his good supper! How big is Bunny? Soooooooo big!") but there ARE ones out there that are more fun to read! I love "My First Book of Sushi" and all the other ones in the "world snacks" series. There is a series that is like "Mommy hugs" "mommy loves" etc with different animal parent/offspring combos, and you can act them out ("mama polar bear hugs her cub with a TICKLE!") and that's fun. And I found this series that's famous artists (In the Garden with Monet, etc) that is fun and nice to look at. There are ones out there that won't make you totally insane. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> Books are where we spend our big outlay of money for dd. She has like 40 board books and will sit and flip through them by herself, which by itself made them worth the money--she's entertaining herself, and learning to love books.
 

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Yes!<br><br>
Another thing that bugs me about board books is that sometimes they shorten the stories from the regular size books, and you don't get the full effect.<br><br>
I've not heard of those world snacks books. Will look at the library; sound fun!
 

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OK tons of links...my favorite board books:<br><br><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/redirect.html?ie=UTF8&linkCode=ur2&camp=1789&creative=9325&tag=motheringhud-20&location=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.com%2FFirst-Book-Sushi-World-Snacks%2Fdp%2F1582460507%2Fref%3Dsr_1_5%2F105-0303074-6282057%3Fie%3DUTF8%26s%3Dbooks%26qid%3D1188788454%26sr%3D1-5" target="_blank">http://www.amazon.com/First-Book-Sus...8788454&sr=1-5</a><br><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/redirect.html?ie=UTF8&linkCode=ur2&camp=1789&creative=9325&tag=motheringhud-20&location=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.com%2FLittle-Soul-Food-World-Snacks%2Fdp%2F1582461090%2Fref%3Dpd_sim_b_5%2F105-0303074-6282057%3Fie%3DUTF8%26qid%3D1188788454%26sr%3D1-5" target="_blank">http://www.amazon.com/Little-Soul-Fo...8788454&sr=1-5</a><br><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/redirect.html?ie=UTF8&linkCode=ur2&camp=1789&creative=9325&tag=motheringhud-20&location=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.com%2FJalapeno-World-Snacks-Wilson-Sanger%2Fdp%2F1582460728%2Fref%3Dpd_bxgy_b_text_b%2F105-0303074-6282057%3Fie%3DUTF8%26qid%3D1188788454%26sr%3D1-5" target="_blank">http://www.amazon.com/Jalapeno-World...8788454&sr=1-5</a><br><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/redirect.html?ie=UTF8&linkCode=ur2&camp=1789&creative=9325&tag=motheringhud-20&location=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.com%2FYum-Dim-Sum-World-Snacks%2Fdp%2F1582461082%2Fref%3Dpd_sim_b_2%2F105-0303074-6282057%3Fie%3DUTF8%26qid%3D1188788454%26sr%3D1-5" target="_blank">http://www.amazon.com/Yum-Dim-Sum-Wo...8788454&sr=1-5</a><br><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/redirect.html?ie=UTF8&linkCode=ur2&camp=1789&creative=9325&tag=motheringhud-20&location=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.com%2FMagical-Day-Matisse-Julie-Merberg%2Fdp%2F081183414X%2Fref%3Dsr_1_1%2F105-0303074-6282057%3Fie%3DUTF8%26s%3Dbooks%26qid%3D1188788546%26sr%3D1-1" target="_blank">http://www.amazon.com/Magical-Day-Ma...8788546&sr=1-1</a><br><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/redirect.html?ie=UTF8&linkCode=ur2&camp=1789&creative=9325&tag=motheringhud-20&location=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.com%2FSunday-Seurat-Julie-Merberg%2Fdp%2F0811847586%2Fref%3Dpd_sim_b_4%2F105-0303074-6282057%3Fie%3DUTF8%26qid%3D1188788546%26sr%3D1-1" target="_blank">http://www.amazon.com/Sunday-Seurat-...8788546&sr=1-1</a><br><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/redirect.html?ie=UTF8&linkCode=ur2&camp=1789&creative=9325&tag=motheringhud-20&location=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.com%2FPainting-Picasso-Julie-Merberg%2Fdp%2F0811855058%2Fref%3Dpd_sim_b_2%2F105-0303074-6282057%3Fie%3DUTF8%26qid%3D1188788546%26sr%3D1-1" target="_blank">http://www.amazon.com/Painting-Picas...8788546&sr=1-1</a><br><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/redirect.html?ie=UTF8&linkCode=ur2&camp=1789&creative=9325&tag=motheringhud-20&location=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.com%2FQuiet-Time-Cassatt-Julie-Merberg%2Fdp%2F081185504X%2Fref%3Dpd_bxgy_b_text_b%2F105-0303074-6282057%3Fie%3DUTF8%26qid%3D1188788546%26sr%3D1-1" target="_blank">http://www.amazon.com/Quiet-Time-Cas...8788546&sr=1-1</a><br><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/redirect.html?ie=UTF8&linkCode=ur2&camp=1789&creative=9325&tag=motheringhud-20&location=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.com%2FMommy-Hugs-Anne-Gutman%2Fdp%2F0811839168%2Fref%3Dpd_bbs_sr_1%2F105-0303074-6282057%3Fie%3DUTF8%26s%3Dbooks%26qid%3D1188788612%26sr%3D1-1" target="_blank">http://www.amazon.com/Mommy-Hugs-Ann...8788612&sr=1-1</a><br><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/redirect.html?ie=UTF8&linkCode=ur2&camp=1789&creative=9325&tag=motheringhud-20&location=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.com%2FBusy-Monkeys-John-Schindel%2Fdp%2F1582460825%2Fref%3Dpd_bbs_sr_1%2F105-0303074-6282057%3Fie%3DUTF8%26s%3Dbooks%26qid%3D1188788635%26sr%3D1-1" target="_blank">http://www.amazon.com/Busy-Monkeys-J...8788635&sr=1-1</a>
 

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Oh, I bet the OP's Kailey would enjoy the Busy Monkeys one for the animals... I just looked at the excerpts and the photos are great!
 

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Yeah Busy Monkeys is one of my 14 month old's favorites, has been for months actually. There's also busy kitties, busy doggies, busy piggies, busy penguins...<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/dizzy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Dizzy">:
 
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