On our shelves at 16 months

S is now 16 months old and I am constantly thinking of new activities to set up for her. Most of these are easy and cheap to make and offer great learning opportunities for our young ones.


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Top shelves left to right:


Car tracker racer, S and her dad play together and love racing the cars down the track.

Basket of farm animals, at the moment we only look at each animal, talk about their body shape, we name them, and we learn what sound they make. This is an activity that could be used for many months to come from easy to complex. Some extensions for this activity are to learn what each animal eat, which continent (country) they are from, names of female, male, and babies, and to match them with picture cards and name cards (3 years old plus). Schleich is a great brand, expensive but quality. I went with a cheaper type thought.


Opening and closing lids, S shows so much interest in getting into my makeup bag to open and close makeup containers. So here I have a basket of empty containers for her to explore. This keeps her engaged for a long time.


Wooden board with pegs (Montessori material). It develops child’s hand coordination. It needs a great deal of concentration and perseverance. I introduced this to S yesterday and I could see how much effort was needed to hold a small peg and put it into a small hole holding the right end. To help S with this activity so it is not too hard I worked alongside her and put one in and let her put another one in. It was so lovely to be able to do a difficult task together with each other’s help.

Bottom shelf from left to right:

Balls in a muffin tray, for now we are only taking them out and putting them back in, but this could be used for sorting colours and counting later on.


Sensory fabrics, here I have put together a box of different type fabrics with different texture for S to explore (two of each fabric). Extension is to try to match fabrics and later on learn the name of each fabric and maybe even try to identify each fabric using a blindfold.


Pompoms in egg tray, to put in each compartment and take out, helps with hand-eye coordination, recognition of colour, pinch grip, and concentration.


Depositing coloured sticks, Daddy drilled some holes on the lid and sanded it to make it smooth and safe to touch. It is used to deposit small thin sticks into the jar. It helps alot with concentration, hand-eye coordination, and pinch grip. This is a great activity even for older children.

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Here is another cheap activity, fun and engaging and keeps my girl busy while I am cooking dinner, I first started with one tube, now there are two and as I finish using a roll of paper towel I will add another tube to make it harder and to keep her interest.

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S Loves her Russian Dolls, still trying to figure out which one goes in which but she can open them and finds it so exciting to discover a smaller doll inside




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