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I was reminded today simply to look around the house and find items that can become a game for a one-year-old, no newfangled toys or complicated set-up required. And boy did Veronika and I come up with a lot to do!

First up, I pulled out an old art favorite: scribbling on cardboard with jumbo crayons. This is the easiest art project ever for budding artists.

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Then we found fun gadgets around the house; in particular, I’ve learned that toddlers like old-fashioned phones and anything that looks like a remote!

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Or pass a roll of duct tape back and forth. Veronika loved rolling it.

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Or thread pipe cleaners into the bottom of a colander. I thought this might be a bit ambitious at her age, but to my delight Veronika very intently worked at it and loved getting the pipe cleaner right in a hole. She had quite the knack for it!

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And when all else fails, empty water bottles are fantastic fun to crinkle.

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Next we tested if she was ready for stickers. This fine pincer motion was a bit advanced, but she loved watching me transfer stickers from sticker sheet to cardboard, and gave it a few tries.

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She seemed a bit flustered that she couldn’t pull them back up again, though!

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For still more simple fun around the house, don’t forget household chores. She helped me water plants…

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(and the Christmas tree)

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And then turned the watering can into a toy.

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Babies also love to wipe up surfaces.

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To cap it all off, we turned clean-up into a game. “My turn, your turn,” I said, as we tossed Duplo back into a box.

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She was so proud!

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What gadgets do you turn into toys at home? Please share in the comments!

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