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      I need to know how i can keep my 13, soon to be 14 month old busy. We do physical play, she plays with plastic containers, a cooking pot or two, sits in the fridge if she sees it open etc. We also go out for a walk almost everyday and she loves loves loves doing that. We used to do reading time at the library too but havent been there in a while. I am running out of ideas to keep her busy and entertained. She doesn't play for too long independently, she will spend maybe 5 mins in the play pen. She loves company and i sometimes take her to my friends' who have kids her age but i don't like doing that all the time (friends don't drive and i don't want to be over at their place all the time).

      So what other activities can i do with her? She isnt too interested in crayons and coloring yet but loves reading books.
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      Awwwww..send her to my home

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      Does she like activity books, Fisher Price has soom good large books with tons of pop out pictures/shapes etc...I know my son loved those. Also for an hour maybe show her some learning video/cartoon that is educational. How about an activity table, which has like abc's, numbers etc....that also keeps the kid busy and occupied.

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      Kinzz, what will i do if i send her your way?

      Afro, she doesnt have an activitiy table, but does have a lot of vtech toys that has abcd 123 type activities but she rarely uses them unless i sit next to her and "help" her play with them. She does love flipping through books so maybe i can get an inexpensive large picture book to flip through.
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      she might like the table with a chair, fit to her size and stuff

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      ^ They have a really nice one at Ikea. It has two chairs and a table, made out of wood, for $50. I'll be getting one for my son.

      Ira, I'm having the same problem. My boo needs to be kept busy. See if you can put her into a playgroup twice a week. My problem is that there is nothing in my area and they are all during weekdays when I work.
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      Sahar she loves getting in and out of chairs, might get her one of those as well. I just feel like she has so much stuff that she rarely touches. Thats why i get a bit hesitant buying her more things.

      Mehnaz, how do playgroups work?
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      Quote Originally Posted by Ira View Post
      Kinzz, what will i do if i send her your way?

      Afro, she doesnt have an activitiy table, but does have a lot of vtech toys that has abcd 123 type activities but she rarely uses them unless i sit next to her and "help" her play with them. She does love flipping through books so maybe i can get an inexpensive large picture book to flip through.
      Perhaps invest in the activity table, you can get a Fisher Price one for $30-40, and it does keep child entertained while learning...it is so interactive.

      Also you can get a few coordinating sets of Lego's or building blocks(they even have soft ones)....that she can explore...there is a world of possibilities with that.

      Also get construction paper, safety scissors, glue....and maybe cut out a bunch of shapes and pictures...teach her how to once she is older....show her how to glue and make little designs....

      get her big grip crayons/washable markers and tons of large sheets of papers and let her loose...just learning to use her hands...actually finger paints are another excellent idea...my son loved doing that....they sell a ton of safe finger paints in toys r us....u can get cheap large sheets of paper...and help her with that...its so much fun...

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      also she is old enough to be introduced to various flash cards....for ABC's/123's/shapes/colors and also arabic letters. What my cousin did is print out each alphabet(arabic) on a piece of paper and she hung up the sheets all over the house on the walls. So thru out the day she would point out alif...be...thay..se...jeem....etc....and slowly the child starts associating sounds to the letter...etc....its great for learning and fun at the same time.

      Also get her a shape sorter bin, my son used to play with that often...and they learn as they go.

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      Those are great ideas Afro, i'm going to try them out.
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      Have another baby. They will keep each other company. :-P
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      ^

      Great ideas from everyone. I have one too.... get the fisher price jumperoo, my daughter loved jumping in it when she was that age.... she would wear herself out in 45-60 minutes and even fall asleep in it
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      One thing I know, at this age, they don't play with the actual toys. lol
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      I swear.... they prefer the kitchen pots and pans, your cellphone, the TV remote, laptop.... anything that you use is their favorite thing to play with

      But the jumperoo my little one loved, it was such a savior for me.... good for bathroom breaks
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      Quote Originally Posted by ahmadjee View Post
      Have another baby. They will keep each other company. :-P
      Lol. I wish that were the case. I think once the 2nd baby is old enough, then they can play together & keep each other company....hmmm

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      My daughter is 5 months but I got this gym for her with the idea that she will play with it even after she is 12 months old (Insha Allah) currently this toy keeps her busy for an hour or more everyday. You can check it out for your daughter too.

      Chicco Play Gym Deluxe

      Like Afro said get her books and make flash cards. Someone told me that she started Alphabet books after her daughter turned 9 months. Offcourse she couldn't talk at that time but she used to point out things and alphabets whatever was asked. Similarly a friend of mine started teaching her daughter by asking "where are you eyes " , "where is your tongue" and with eyes question she would put both her hands on her eyes and for tongue she would just stick it out.

      Few weeks back I went to this toy market in Karachi there I saw something like multiple board. Blackboard on one side and white board on another. On white board magnet could also be used so they have plastic made Alphabets with magnets to stick on it. Like you draw an apple on it and ask her to put the alphabet for apple , give her all the alphabets and let her find A.
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      Quote Originally Posted by Mehnaz View Post
      ^ They have a really nice one at Ikea. It has two chairs and a table, made out of wood, for $50. I'll be getting one for my son.

      Ira, I'm having the same problem. My boo needs to be kept busy. See if you can put her into a playgroup twice a week. My problem is that there is nothing in my area and they are all during weekdays when I work.
      I saw a really nice one with I guess Lilo and Stitch (sp) characters on it, tiny little chair and a small table and another one with 'hello kitty' on it but when these children are so restless, how do you girls expect them to sit at one place and play. I was so tempted but had to let go because I know my daughter will not sit instead she will try to stand on it and god forbid eventually fall from the chair or the table.

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