Thursday, February 10, 2011
It's crazy how just a few short months can transform a crawling, breastfed baby into a "big boy." Running, eating with the adults (just not quite like the adults, as my poor floor would testify), copying words, and making wide-eyed guilty looks when he's been caught in a "no-no."
Our little man is constantly on the move. His happy place is outside, with a stick in each hand. Rainy days are tragic.
After being cooped up on a wet afternoon, I started brainstorming some simple activities that I can engage him in. He's learning more every day, but has an easily distracted attention span. Here are some ideas I've come up with so far (and I'm counting on some of you experienced moms to chime in with your ideas!):
Bubbles! We've discovered that you can make really big ones out of dishsoap.
Coloring. I'm not sure if we've arrived at this one yet. The crayons are still at risk of being ingested.
Fingerpaints. Messy, for sure. But at this stage, I think I'm going to have to come to terms with some amount of mess. They do make washable fingerpaints...right?
Ballons! These could spark a plethora of creative games.
When I was googling one-year-old activities, I read the following recommendation: give your little one a paint brush and some water and let them go to town "painting" things outside.
At 14 (almost 15!) months, Squishy is starting to have a longer attention span for books, and has begun to imitate some of the animal sounds that we've been teaching him. And the tractor in Are You My Mother? is his favorite. I'm thinking that a picture Bible is in order!
What are your best one-year-old activities? I'm all ears...
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In case you missed it, did ya'll check out the homemade goldfish that Our Suburban Circus linked up a couple of weeks ago? So cool!