Wednesday box of activities for 12-18 month olds

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This is a continuation post about daily rotation of toys and activities. We have 7 containers of toys and activities that we change daily.

Here’s a look in our Wednesday box of activities and toys.

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Action cards for toddlers. Free printable. 4 animal actions, 4 object actions.

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I designed these cards for my daughter Scarlett, who is 17 months old now, but these cards can be fun for toddlers of all ages! Continue reading “Action cards for toddlers. Free printable. 4 animal actions, 4 object actions.”

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Tuesday Box of Activities for 12-18 month olds

If you didn’t read my post about how we organize activities and toys, please go here first.

This is the second box of activities, and here is a look inside it.

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Daily rotation of activities and toys for 12-18 month old. Monday box.

 


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We accumulated so many toys, books and activities that I thought of a way to organize it in order for us to evenly interact with each one. I saw a similar idea about toy rotation, and thought it would be perfect for our needs. Toy rotation is also recommended by a Montessori method  to keep a child interested in the activities and not to be overwhelmed with choice. I tried to organize each bin to have a few books, a sorting activity and some developmental toys. Scarlett is excited each morning when we get a new bin out, and I get curious myself what’s in today’s box 🙂 So I thought I’ll share a look inside each bin. I’ll add them one by one as we go.

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Magnetic theater. Based on 5 little ducks nursery rhyme. Free printable.

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I was thinking about making a magnetic theater for a while but I couldn’t decide on the story. It seemed that some of the stories have too many characters, while others have too few. So I thought about nursery rhymes, and 5 little ducks seemed perfect. Scarlett loves ducks, and loves this nursery rhyme, and this one is also great for learning how to count and to do the actions in the song. Continue reading “Magnetic theater. Based on 5 little ducks nursery rhyme. Free printable.”

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20 fun activities for a toddler (12-18 months)

 

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1. Make a sorter with ping pong balls and a yogurt container.

You can really create sorters from anything, but these ping pong balls are so colorful and bright, that I decided they would be perfect for sorting. Cut out an opening in a container slightly larger than the size of a ping pong ball(it’s hard to see an opening in this picture since the lid is clear). A toddler’s task is to get a ball in the container using ice cream scoop. Younger toddlers can use their hands instead of a scoop. Great for development of hand eye coordination.

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12 Colored rice activities for toddlers

Rice play is a great sensory activity. While you can use white rice, kids really love colored rice, so i think it’s worth taking time to color it.

Here’s how I colored it. I took a few large ziplog bags, filled them with rice, added a couple of drops of food coloring, and 1 table spoon of vinegar. Then I zipped the bag and squished until the color was dispersed equally. You can add more coloring if rice is too pale, or more vinegar if it’s hard to spread the coloring. The general rule of thumb is to use 1 table spoon of vinegar for 1 cup of rice. At this point you can also add essential oil to make rice smell beautifully, for example, add some lavender or tangerine essential oil. Then I spread the rice on trays lined with aluminum foil and put them in the oven for 15 minutes at 200 degrees. This helps it dry faster but I still left it out to dry fully overnight.

If you’re afraid the child might put some rice in the mouth while playing, one option is to use organic food coloring. Even though eating raw rice is definitely not recommended, rice is still digestible in case a tiny bit is swallowed. Using organic food coloring is definitely better in that case since it’s made from vegetables. I do have both food colorings at home. I use the organic one for activities where stuff can get in Scarlett’s mouth – for example, I color water blue to do ocean theme water station since Scarlett likes to drink that water with a cup, and I use it for actual food, like cupcake frosting. I use the non organic one for things like colored rice (Scarlett doesn’t try to eat it), for adding color to sensory bottle, etc.

Here are some rice activities that we do:

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1.Transferring rice from one container to another.

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Cardboard house out of a box for a toddler. 6 play ideas

We got a package in a large box, and our immediate desire was to convert it into a house for our 16 month old. We cut out windows and a crawl level door, but she got interested only after we cut out full height door for her to walk in. Since then she spends a lot of time interacting with this house, and I’m sharing some ideas how we are playing.

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1.Peekaboo.

This is the obvious play idea since there are windows on each side. I crawl around the house and tickle her from each opening. She giggles and loves this playtime. We turn the house upside down for this one so roof is open and i can reach her from the top as well.

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