Playing with Your 21 Month Old

Little G is 21 months old and VERY active… Which is made tricky by the fact that I’m nine months pregnant.  Ha!  So for us, having quick, go-to learning activities makes all the difference.
Here’s are some activities you can try when you are playing with your 21 month old:
playing with your 21 month old
I have this small metal colander and paired it with pipe cleaners that I’d snipped short (the longer they are, the harder the activity becomes!).  He loves putting the pieces through all the different holes.
playing with your 21 month old
Santa brought him THIS Color Wonder Paint and while he starts out with a ton of zeal, the activity only holds his interest for about five minutes.  Still, he likes fingerprinting and the mess is very minimal!
playing with your 21 month old
He LOVES dropping chips through the narrow slit of a plastic box.  It’s great for his fine motor development!
playing with your 21 month old
And for gross motor, there’s nothing like moving the basketball hoop inside!  We have a huge basket of balls and he loves to see which ones fit and which ones are too big.  It’s great for vocabulary development, as we say, “Too BIG!” or, “Just right!”
playing with your 21 month old
If you’re nervous about tiny pieces, this one may not be for you but G loves ANYTHING tiny.  So I dumped out some sea animal beads and gave him an ice cube tray.  We sat together (ALWAYS monitor with small pieces!) and he transferred, played, and examined all the beads.  I would also ask him to find a certain bead (“Can you find Mama a dolphin?”) and have him search and find!
playing with your 21 month old
This is one of G’s faves.  He dumps the pompoms out and then puts one in each well.  The size is perfect for the pompom and only one fits, which helps build his knowledge of one-to-one correspondence.
playing with your 21 month old
Coloring is always a fun, quick activity.  He DOES enjoy markers more but when Mama is resting, crayons are a less messy option!  I get the large construction paper from the teacher supply store so he has a ton of space to create.
playing with your 21 month old


With a new baby coming in a month (eek!), we’ve been doing a lot of role playing with big sister’s dolls (yes, we totally promote him playing with dolls).  It’s such a great way to demonstrate being gentle and kind and loving!
playing with your 21 month old

I picked these little paint books for a dollar each at Michaels and both M and G love them!  I love them because all you need is water and a paint brush, as the paint is built into the page.  G loves dipping into the water and painting.  So easy, quick, and fun!

Written by Jill
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  • Reply Ann Harquail

    Great list of activities. I did some similar ones with my son when he was that age (he’s now 33 months).
    I’m going to share this on my Facebook page.
    Congrats on the new baby!
    -Ann @ My Nearest and Dearest

    February 25, 2013 at 6:12 pm
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