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Hi all,<br><br>
As soon as my son was born, I bought a set of playsilks. I've been eager to see these put in to use ever since...He is 18 months old now but just doesn't seem interested in them. I bring them out every so often in the hopes he'll play with them, but so far no dice.<br><br>
I keep them in a wicker basket on his play shelf and he literally just passes them by! Is it typical for children to become interested in such open-ended "toys" at any particular stage? I don't think he is being over-stimulated by other toys, at least I hope not. We only have wood toys and felt balls for him...a couple of cars and blocks and some homemade dolls.<br><br>
His absolute favorite thing to do is to sit and look through his books or have me read to him...which is great...but I guess I'm just chomping at the bit to see this child's creativity come through! I even tried to coax him to make a mess with crayons and finger paint, but he just goes right back to those books.<br><br>
I don't want to be pushy or try to "mold" him, I'm just wondering if this is a developmental thing or just a personal preference on his part...<br><br>
Thanks!<br>
Debra
 

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the first game with playsilks is peek a boo<br><br>
put the playsilk over your head and then pop out and say boo! Although your babe may already be too old for that one.<br><br>
Kids will imitate. For example, most children will start pretending to cook because they see their parents cooking.<br><br>
Silks are nice for tucking "babies" into bed, but it may be a stretch of the imagination for a little one to see the silk as a potential blanket.<br><br>
Silks also make nice tents and play areas, but again you might need to give a little demo to get things started.
 

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I babysit 16 month old twins and they love to hold on to one end, I hold on to the other, and I lead them all around the house.(singing a little song too) Kind of like follow the leader. They laugh and giggle so much. Then we switch and they lead me around.<br><br>
It's cute.
 

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Definitely developmental.<br><br>
My 17 month old is the same. If the playsilks are in the basket, it's like they're not there.<br><br>
He only notices when someone else is actively playing with them. In our house, that's pretty often, as his older brother and sister play with them in one form or another daily. So much so that playsilks are the only toy I don't rotate in and out of storage at our house. Still, it has to be an active use for my LO to take interest. If they're draped on the playstands or fashioned into clothes on his sister, he's still not much interested yet.<br><br>
Playsilks are a WONDERFUL toy. Your little guy will come around in time. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up">
 

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My daughter turned 2 in June. Up until this week she pretty much ignored the playsilks that I dyed when she was 1 year old. But earlier this week she came out of her room wearing one around her head and proceeded to play with them for another 30 minutes. She has continued to play with them daily so far. I really think he will enjoy them, but it is most likely just a developmental thing.
 

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Thanks, ladies!<br><br>
I have realized since becoming a mom just how little I was played with as a kid. It's funny how all that stuff comes up, isn't it? I really have to dig deep to try to find my silly and imaginative side, but it's been such a growth opportunity for me! I will start demonstrating the silks so he'll have some ideas when the time comes.<br><br>
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A big hit at that age with my ds2 was for him to pick a small stuffed animal, and then dh and I would hold on to the ends of a silk and bounce the animal up and down, inviting ds to join in.
 

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If you do recorded music, or if you play an instrument, you can use the scarves while you dance. That was what my DD used them for at first. She'd just swirl them around herself while she danced.<br><br>
Eighteen months is pretty young for imaginative play. My kids didn't have much of an imagination until they had a little more vocabulary, around 24 months.
 

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I think it will come with time. My first dd wasn't as interested in them as my 2nd dd is. She is 19 months and loves them, but only becuase she sees her sister using them. You could play with them yourself and see if he imitates you. My older dd is more creative with them because she is older and I will sit with her and give her ideas and she will run with them.
 

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My 18 mo old DS *loooooves* his playsilks this week. But he had to dig to the bottom of the toybox to find them last weekend, as he hadn't touched them in months. They are currently strewn across the kitchen, in such heavy use that there's not much point to putting them away. Last week, he was obsessed with an old hackey sack of DH's.<br><br>
He might get interested if he sees you play with them, but really, I think it's a personality question. Children get so much out of the untrammeled pursuit of their own interests. If he's safely and happily occupied, I wouldn't redirect him.
 

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Playsilks are a WONDERFUL toy. Your little guy will come around in time. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up"></div>
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I agree with this! When my son was about 18 months old, I made a really simple playsilk holder by gluing clothespins on a piece of wood and hanging it on the wall. He loved to yank the playsilks down from their clips one at a time and seemed more likely to play with them when they were "on display" rather than tucked into a basket. The music and game ideas that were already mentioned by other posters were also really fun at that age. Around age three the playsilks became all kinds of props for imaginitive play--everything from soup to long hair to a car wash.
 

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We played peek-a-boo with silks when my DSs were little and they were always available for the kids to play with, but my DS1 didn't really start to play with them until he was about 20 months or so. He liked to make baby slings out of them, so he could wear his Waldorf doll or favorite bear while I wore his baby brother. Now, he uses them for dress-up, to cover up his babies or the cat (which is cute, but comes with its own set of issues--see s/o thread below <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">), and to to make grass, oceans or mountains when he's playing with his wooden cars or animals on the floor. He also makes "gates' and houses with playsilks, playclips and chairs.<br><br>
I felt the same way early on, OP--like, "is he ever going to get into these?" But he has, and it's amazing to watch his imagination at work. DS2 is also starting to be more interested in them. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love">
 

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I got a set of hooks at michales and I have four hooks on the wall with four playsilks hanging from them. At first Logan just threw them on the ground. THen he would put them on his head and run around the room. Just in the last week he has been asking for us to tie them on like belts. He also started using them as blankets for his dolls. Its a process. At 18 months he really had no imaginary play skills but in the last few weeks it is just starting to develop. I think if they are aviable with time he will find them interesting.
 

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my 17 month old dd loves her playsilks !<br><br>
She likes to wrap her babies in them and put them to bed "night night" she says. She also drapes them over head and shoulders and parades around ocasionally saying ( or trying to say) "pretty".<br><br>
She also likes to play peekaboo with them, which we have played with her since she was a tiny baby.<br><br>
We have a curtain sperating our bedroom from the kitchen area ans she really loves to run back and forth through it.<br><br>
I did demonstrate these activities a few times though, wrapping them around my head like a scarf and dancing around and covering up her babies for her. She is now comming up with her own ideas as well.<br><br>
Maybe considier showing him a few ways to play with the silks ?
 

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Yay! A breakthrough! Last night my husband and I were using a playsilk to throw our son's teddy bear up in the air and that did it. He squealed with delight and went straight to the basket to take the rest out. He played peek-a-boo and dressed up as a pirate. Funny to notice he knew exactly where they were this whole time...<br><br>
Thanks, everyone, for your ideas and support!<br><br>
Debra
 
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