Hi, does anyone have some game ideas that are either free or cheap to do with my 18 month old? Any suggestions for games to play with an 18 month old? I am running out of ideas and could use a hand. Thanks

Posted by anon 23.1.2013


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  • Pat a Cake, Peek a Boo, Incy -Wincy any hand movement songs are great for engaging at this age. Check out you local library, join a play group and exchange ideas with other mothers. The Wiggles DVD’s and Playschool on TV are a great start.



  • Both my girls loved playing memory.



  • Activity tables are fun for them. Even just rolling a ball to each other is fun for them



  • Kmart have some really good. CHeap games



  • I hope you found some fun activities to do with your kid in summer. Now that it is colder and they are a bit older, I would suggest (weather permitting) go to a local park and find items from nature (leaves, sticks, pretty stones) and let your kid go nuts with some paint and glue. You could even help them make a pet rock



  • Also Blocks are fun to build stuff with, make buildings etc.



  • Finger painting is always fun and cheap. Do hand and feet prints on paper



  • indoor / outdoor bowling – all you need is a ball and some cans or empty bottles – you can also stack the cans outdoors and have them throw the ball :)



  • Building blocks, playdoh, finger painting, singing, dancing (wiggles are a favourite here), chasey aroun the backyard, go somewhere and feed the sucks, playground, kindergym, play groups, Saucepan musical…



  • Doing some simple cooking, Playdough or donut or biscuit decorating.



  • going to parks are great to go to and fun getting one of those 3in 1 trike are great and he can ride his bike and that is fun, painting is great or getting some chalk and drawing outside is great



  • have a look on pinterest that is great for ideas



  • and balloons are great too! They’re cheap and they keep my kids entertained for hours! You can blow up one of each colour to play colour learning games. Just watch them to make sure they don’t pop them and choke.



  • You can make play dough and paint with ingredients that are in your pantry! Water play is great too, and free! Or give him a paintbrush and a cup of water and encourage him to paint the fence or his trike or something else. Make a cubby house. If you have cement anywhere at home use chalk to draw a little town with roads to drive his toy cars around on. Both my kids have loved drawing and colouring in from a young age too.



  • Outdoors are great with an 18 month old – we spend a lot of time playing chasey around a tree, hide and seek in the vege garden, sweeping the path (he throws the dirt, I sweep, then we swap). I find if we both go outside he comes up with games and I just join in. For inside play we put music on and play follow the leader, play with each other in and out of a cheap plastic tunnel, read, paint, play cars, cook (both pretend and real food), climb the furniture, play in the mirror, etc.


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