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Old 11-18-2006, 04:35 PM   #1
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In a play rut...need new ideas

I feel like I am in a play rut with my 14 month old dd. We seem to play the same games all the time. She enjoys what we play, but I want to mix things up a bit so that she is learning new things and just having fun. Unfortunately we don't know a lot of other kids so I am her only playmate most of the time. What games, and activities do you play with your dc? I need inspiration to get my creative juices flowing again.

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Old 11-19-2006, 07:55 AM   #2
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Re: In a play rut...need new ideas

take cushions off the couch and build an obstacle course
make a fort in the LR
save old boxes and make a "box city" to drive cars through, or at that age "box bowling" and roll a ball at the boxes. They are fun to stack-n-crash too
get an old phone book, you know you don't use it, you know you ck online, tear out and crumple the pages for an "indoor snowball fight"
throw bean bags into a laundry basket
make edible play dough
cook together
have a "toy wash" (fill a rubbermaid tub or similar with warm soapy water and wash all the toys- spread a blanket on the kitchen floor first to prevent slipping)
spread a dark colored sheet and use sidewalk chalk on it
play "where my friend" hide one shoe, one spoon, one glove... things you have 2 or more of. and ask "where's my friend?" in the beginning you won't hide them, but after they get the concept its the earliest form of treasure hunting)
put water, oil, and food coloring in a clear plastic bottle and glue on the lid. You can add glitter etc if you want. Fun to roll, shake etc.
put sand and a marble and small toys/buttone/etc in a clear bottle roll it around to see what pops up
make "binoculars" out toilet paper tubes
tape paper to the high chair tray for coloring on
you can use pudding as edible finger paint
spread shaving cream in a big ban for playing in
have DC lay on the floor and spread a sheet over her... high in the air so it floats down on her
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Old 11-19-2006, 11:17 AM   #3
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Re: In a play rut...need new ideas

Thanks for all of the ideas, your kids are lucky to have such a creative mama.
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