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DD 19 mos has never really been a player. She just runs around the house and picks stuff up and drags it around the house tries to help me puts everything in the dogs water bowl. She might play with a toy for a couple min if I sit with her and play too but usually she just gets up and off she goes! Signing time has saved my sanity but then I feel bad because she watched TV at such a young age...at least she is learning like crazy from it!<br>
Anyone elses kids not play? Anyone teach their kids to play? Or is it just a temperate thing with my DD...have I done something wrong? Maybe I need different toys...we don't have a lot but she doesn't play with what we have so why get something new!<br>
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She's still quite young. Some kids don't start doing "fantasy play" before age 2 or 3 or so, and 19 months is certainly very young for INDEPENDENT play.<br><br>
I suspect she'll start playing when she gets older and develops the emotional maturity to want to do "make believe" stuff. Kids with older siblings sometimes start playing at younger ages by imitating older siblings, instead of just imitating adults and their work.
 

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Awe she is just young yet. Mine really didn't play at that age. They got into my kitchen cupboard took out all the pots and make messes. I finally designated a cupboard for them with all odd n' ends (cardboard tubes, old spice boxes, egg cartons).<br><br>
Mine never liked their toys at that age either...they like stuff around the house instead.<br><br>
Don't feel guilty about the videos. She is engaged..it's not like she is totally vegged out in front of it.<br><br>
mine use to love Easter Eggs (with the empty egg carton) at that age. They would put all the eggs in the carton over and over. ...watch what she plays with and try to add to it!
 

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My 21 month old doesn't really "play" either. He'll never sit with a toy for more than maybe 5 minutes <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> But he will bring book after book after book for me to read, which I don't mind at all.<br>
I think your DD is completely fine <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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My 26 month old is just starting to really engage with his toys. Prior to this winter he prefered running around, climbing on furniture, exploring, trying to do whatever I was doing...like pp said, the only time I really saw him do anything that looked like "playing" to me was when he followed his big brother around.<br><br>
I found when I was teaching that some children do need to be shown how to use certain toys and materials. But this was with preschoolers. For your dd's age, I wouldn't worry!
 

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I've got a friend thats son plays all time time alone...30+ min at a time! Guess I gotta just keep in mind what is developmentaly appropraite and go with that hu...so we are all good...makes me feel so much better.<br><br>
I got the your 1 year old play book from the library and it talks alot about "activities" to do together so I'm going to start trying to "play" with her a few times a day and see how that goes.<br><br>
Today she did play w/ blocks putting them in and out of a bag for about 10 min yeah!<br><br>
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To the OP, my 19 month old dd is exactly the same. She will play with blocks for a few minutes, or look through a book, or cuddle a doll,etc. but never for more than a few minutes.<br><br>
She's much more likely to follow me around and get in to everything..hehe
 

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By "helping" you and dragging stuff around the house she's taking the necessary steps toward independent play. One day you'll realize you haven't heard from her in a little while and you'll find her cooking dinner like mommy or playing family with her dolls. It's a process. She is definitely still young for that.<br><br>
BTW, we have to keep our poor dog's water bowl on the counter right now so ds (22 mos.) doesn't get into it. I say "poor" dog because I don't remember to put it down for him as much as I should. Thank goodness dh is better about it!
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">BTW, we have to keep our poor dog's water bowl on the counter right now so ds (22 mos.) doesn't get into it. I say "poor" dog because I don't remember to put it down for him as much as I should. Thank goodness dh is better about it!</div>
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Our Dogs here are dehydrated too at times... poor dogs...when their is snow on the ground I will find them sometimes out licking that up...I'm trying to be better!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/cold.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Cold">:
 
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