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Out of the house activities for a one year old?

posted 8 years 1 month ago
My daughter is 14 going on 15 months and I find that if we're home for too long in the day she starts to go a little stir crazy, for lack of a better way of phrasing it!

I'm trying to come up with some ideas for things to do to keep her occupied that are out of the house. So far I have the local library, the local swimming pool, parks that are nearby, coming along with me to do errands (shopping malls and things like that)...but I'm wondering if any of you have some more good ideas for things to do for a little one outside the walls of my house!


posted 8 years 1 month ago
You could play games at the park, fly kites, run around. She could take her plastic toys with her to the pool and play some imaginary games. A tricycle would be good when she is older.

You could just take what you do indoors, outdoors.

posted 8 years 1 month ago
That is a hard age, I remember going stir crazy too. I think we went to every library possible in a 10 mile radius.

Maybe you can look on MeetUp for any area playgroups, where parents get together for their kids to play? Or look up a Moms group, they also do play dates. That is one thing I regret not doing when my kids were that young, but I wasn't yet social enough to do it. The preschool years socialized me pretty well with other moms at the school, so now I look back and think I should have just forced myself to go out on a limb and join something, it would have made those early years much less lonely for me.

posted 8 years 1 month ago
Here are my suggestions:

  • Do you have any neighbours with little children as well? Maybe you could try having a sort of play date each week. From where I am, mothers meet up during mornings and take their babies with them to have them exposed to sunlight. Usually, they meet in the court area.
  • If your little one's old enough, you can buy a bike and take a stroll around the village.
  • Playing with a ball is also fun. We usually go to the nearby court and if no one's around, my son and I have fun playing with the ball there.
  • You can also take your baby to play areas. In here, some malls have a couple of play areas. Your baby can interact with other babies and have fun with the toys there as well.

Good luck!

posted 8 years 1 month ago
I didn't plan too much outside activities for my children when they were one year old, but we went to the park every evening. We either just walked in the park, looked at the trees, flowers, pond with fish and tortoises, played with the leaves or flowers that were fallen, and played with the sand too.

We have a front yard, and I always let the children play in the yard. I didn't really plan for them, but just let them play whatever they like, as long as it's not dangerous. They always like to play with water.

We go to the beach as well, and my little girl enjoyed herself playing with the sand.

posted 8 years 3 weeks ago
Thanks for all your suggestions! Some great ones there that I need to add to my list. I do have a few neighbors nearby that have children - some are a little older than my daughter but she does seem fascinated by older kids so that may actually work out well! And I will need to check meetup and see what they have locally to me here!

posted 8 years 3 weeks ago
When our kids were that young it was always as simple as going outdoors and seeing what captured their interest. If it was a really nice day we could just take a stroll down to the local park where there was all sorts of places to run around and play. We were pretty lucky to live a good neighborhood with all the parks and trees.

posted 8 years 3 weeks ago
Yes I'm definitely fortunate myself in that regard, there's a park just down the street which we usually go to a couple of times a week. It's nice to be able to get out of the house when the weather is good and enjoy the great outdoors!

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