What are some easy baby activities?
It’s fun having a baby around – they’re full of joy, everything is learning, and the world is their oyster. But should we be doing baby activities with them?
Babies learn through experiences and they learn through exposure. We want to give our babies all of that, plus the sun, moon, and stars. A great way to introduce new experiences and give them exposure to different concepts, sensations, and items.
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What are age appropriate activities for babies?
The hardest part in finding activities for babies is actually FINDING THEM.
This round-up focuses on the 6-15 month age group. I’ve broken into three sub groups: 6-9 months, 9-12 months, 12-15 months.
However, remember to look at activities throughout this list – don’t just focus on your baby’s exact age. A 6-9 month activity doesn’t mean your 15 month old won’t love it too. And of course, use your own parenting discretion. Your baby, your comfort level.
How do I entertain a baby?
Exposure, experience. Play, reading, conversation.
These are my END ALL BE ALL phrases to remember with all children.
We aren’t trying to teach or drill information into our babies. EVERYTHING IS LEARNING TO A BABY. These activities are meant to give EXPERIENCES AND EXPOSURE – all in the name of building background knowledge for them to draw off of later and help those neurons and pathways develop.
Babies don’s need school to learn. They just need opportunities to check out the world.
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I rounded up the best of the best baby activities from the web!
Enjoy these activities with your baby (but remember, always use best judgement, supervision, and safety precautions with your baby).
Easy baby activities for the 6-9 month age group
Fluffy Bin (Busy Toddler) – Build baby a sensory bin from stuffed animals
Googly Eyes Sensory Bag (Clare’s Little Tots) – Create a gel filled sensory bag for your baby
Under the Umbrella Sensory Play (Best Toys 4 Toddlers) – Build a beautiful umbrella sensory zone
Dry Bath (Busy Toddler) – A simple way to entertain baby while you get ready
Baby Play: Ball Basics (Simple Home Blessing) – Encourage baby to play with balls
Baby Betterment: Mirror Time Matters (Simple Home Blessing) – Time in front of a mirror with baby
Baby Music Bin (Busy Toddler) – A DIY sound based sensory tray
How to Make Sensory Bags for Babies (Messy Little Monsters) – A how-to guide for making sensory bags with your baby
Tugging Lid (Busy Toddler) – Make a simple DIY tugging lid for baby
Sensory Fort for Babies (Messy Little Monsters) – Create a beautiful sensory fort
Baby Play: Water Tray Play (Learn with Play at Home) – A high chair activity using water
Baby Play: Rat-a-Tat Tins (Learn with Play at Home) – Encourage music and auditory learning with drum play
Montessori Inspired Easter Egg Sound Shakers (Living Montessori Now) – Create simple shakes for baby to play with
Rainbow Sensory Play Bottles and Homemade Instruments (Kids Craft Room) – Build a sensory bottle for baby
The Magical Cardboard Box (Mama Smiles) – Explore the wonders of a cardboard box
Circles Treasure Basket (The Imagination Tree) – Create a basket of just circles/lids
Baby Play with Goop (Simple Fun for Kids) – Encourage messy sensory by making taste safe goop
Easy baby activities for 9-12 month olds
Cereal Pool (Busy Toddler) – A sensory bin for babies
Mini Rainbow Sensory Bottles (The Kavanaugh Report) – Build adorable mini sensory bottles
Edible Paint for Babies (Hands On : As We Grow) – Create edible paint from fruit purees
Cheerio Find (Busy Toddler) – A quick way to entertain baby in the kitchen
Window Grab (Busy Toddler) – A simple high chair activity
Edible Sensory Bin for Babies (Hands On : As We Grow) – Build a cold sensory bin using frozen vegetables
Baby & Oobleck High Chair Sensory (Busy Toddler) – Baby plays with taste safe oobleck
Laminated Flower Exploration for Babies (The Kavanaugh Report) – Laminate flowers for baby to explore
Edible Infant Paint (Munchkins and Moms) – Make edible finger paint with rice cereal
Baby Toy Push (Busy Toddler) – A DIY toy made from a wipes container
Exploring Montessori Sensory Play with Babies (Natural Beach Living) – A variety of sensory bin ideas for babies
Indoor Pool (Busy Toddler) – Fill up an indoor pool for a change of pace
Easy baby activities for 12-15 month olds
Sticky Wall Art (Busy Toddler) – Use con-tact paper with baby
Colorful Melting Ice (Bambini Travel) – Cold sensory for babies
Baby Ball Drop (Busy Toddler) – Use a Clorox container to make a fun ball game for baby
Big Paint Paper (Bambini Travel) – A giant canvas for baby to paint onto
Hidden Toys (Busy Toddler) – Hide toys in a box for baby to find
Baby Play with Gelatin (Simple Fun for Kids) – A sensory activity with gelatin
Animal Tape Rescue (Busy Toddler) – A fun activity for babies with tape and animals
Montessori Open and Close Basket (Living Montessori Now) – A bin made of items that open and close
Baby and Toddler Straw Activity (Fun with Mama) – A fine motor skills activity for baby
Soft Obstacle Course for Baby on the Move (Teach Me Mommy) – A gross motor skills game using soft items
Good Mornings with Moringa: Montessori Practical Life (Montessori On Mars) – Pruning skills with a 14 month old
Corn meal bin (Busy Toddler) – Baby sensory bin
What’s your favorite easy baby activity?
AGAIN – REMEMBER TO USE GOOD JUDGMENT AND SUPERVISION WITH ALL BABY ACTIVITIES.