I often wondered to myself many times if my toddler was bored. Am I playing with her enough? Is the play exciting enough? Is playing with the same toys over and over again boring? Maybe I was over-thinking it because I find kids this age find the simplest things amusing and fun. We live in Canada where we experience winter for 6 months out of the year so I had to change things up for her now and again since we couldn’t go outside.
Singing Songs And Dancing
This is probably a no brainer but my daughter loves when I sing songs such as Ba Ba Black Sheep, Itsy Bitsy Spider and many others and she especially likes it when I act it out (Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes, anyone).
She also loved when I turned up the radio and danced with her in my arms. She smiles and laughs the whole time (while I was getting a sort of work out).
Our library has playgroups for babies as well as toddlers and it’s free which is a win-win in my books. Plus you and the little one get out of the house. Baby can interact with other kids their age and you can have an adult conversation. I also would see what songs they sang and activities they did and would use that for at home.
It is a great little outing once a week especially in winter when the outside is cold and snowy and the house seems a little lame!
Going For Walks And To The Park
Another no brainer thing to do if you want to get out of the house. In the spring and summer when the weather is nice and warm I try to go for a walk to the park once a day. My daughter loves the swings and this year I’m interested to see what she will think of the sand. It’s also a great way to meet other kids in the neighborhood around the same age.
Last year when I would walk to the park I met some women who had kids around the same age as my daughter and I wouldn’t have met them any other way.
These discover boxes is pretty cool idea that I never would have thought of on my own. You just need a small box or a wicker basket and place things in there that baby can take out and play with. Small Tupperware containers with black beans, rice or split peas can be little shakers.
A wooden spoon and a small pot to bang on is always a good one. A spatula, tongs and soup spoons also work. My daughter loved taking those out and banging them around and putting them back just to do it all over again. You could also put books or some toys that have been long forgotten at the bottom of the toy box to re-discover.
Keep It Simple
You don’t have to do anything too over-the-top to keep your 1 year old entertained. They tend to find the little things amusing. I think us adults tend to think they are more bored than they are. We get bored more easily as we have seen so many things before but our little ones are still experiencing many things for the first time.
What did you do to keep your little one occupied? Did you try any of the above? I would love to know in the comments below.
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