Here is an amazing list of easy activities to do at home with your 1 year old baby. It includes a free printable of the list that you can stick on your fridge!
Link to download list is at the end of this post.
Entertaining your 1 year old
So you are at home with your baby and need some ideas to keep them entertained and occupied?
Well, check out this great list of some of the things I did with my twins when they were 1 year old.
Everything on this list is easy to set up and uses stuff you already have at home! You can also do these activities with younger babies (10 -11 months) and even toddlers as well!
OK, ready to see the list? Let’s go!
30+ Easy Activities for 1 Year Olds
Laugh together for no reason. Just start giggling and don’t stop. Laughter is infectious. Just laughing for 5 minutes for no reason will make you and your 1 year old feel better!
Let them crawl around on your bed. Mommy and daddy’s bed is a special place. Let them roll around and jump on your bed. Snuggle up and read a story or sing a song while they jump. You can rest on your bed and they can get some energy out!
Fly around like an airplane. Pick them up and fly around like a plane. I call myself the mommy plane and randomly come in for a pick up and fly my twins around the room. Extend the play and pretend they are on a real play. Talk to them like they are passengers and you are pilot.
Look at pictures of family and friends. Grab some photo albums or pull out your phone and look at photos of them, their friends and family. Recall about favourite trip or parade and find photos to help remind them about that fun time.
Eat snack out of a sensory bin or large container. Pour a bunch of cheerios or another dry snack into a larger than normal container and let them eat from it on the floor. Changing things up like this can go a long way to keeping them entertained so you can get a few things done.
Play in the freezer or fridge. Open up the fridge and let them explore in there for bit. If you have a freezer that is on the floor open it up and let them feel the cold air . Open the drawers and talk about what’s inside.
Look out the window. You probably already do this one. Well extend the activity by talking more about what they see. Count the trees, squirrels or dogs. Talk about the colours they see. Try and find a circle, square. You will be doing most of the talking but give them a chance to babble their response. Looking out the window can be a fun way to reconnect to your 1 year old.
Look in the mirror. Bring out a hand mirror and start to make funny faces in the mirror. Make sad and happy faces and identify them as you do. See if you 1 year old can copy you.
Play with a ball. Pass a ball back and forth on the floor. Set up paper towels and try to knock the rolls down with the ball. Use a large ball for this activity.
Play with blocks. Gather a few different types of blocks and see which ones your 1 year old gravitates toward. Starting building a tower with the
Go around the house counting different objects.
Read their favourite story. But read the book in different accents or funny voices.
Sing a song. Here are some of our favourites:
- Farmer Brown had a dog
- Wheels on the bus
- The Grand Old Duke of York
- Sitting in my highchair
Play a musical instrument (and sing a song!).
Cuddle on the kitchen floor or somewhere you don’t normally get down on the floor with them.
Play with water. Fill a Tupperware with a little water and let them play.
Play with a finger puppet, or regular puppet or stuffed animal.
Do a puzzle but cover the spots with post-its.
Stack a non toy like paper towel rolls of toilet paper rolls.
Play or paint with safe kitchen utensils. Fill a large mixing bowl with water and hand them a few safe kitchen utensils like a spoon or spatula. Place a towel under the bowl and let them play.
Play with hats of different sizes. Pull out your winter clothing box and try on different winter hats.
Climb stairs. Practice climbing the stairs and counting the steps.
Go for a laundry basket ride. Put them inside the laundry basket and pull them along for a ride.
Throw balls down the stairs. Throw soft ball pit balls down the stairs. Place the ball pit at the bottom to catch the balls.
Cover a bowl with tin foil and use it as a drum until it breaks.
Play with empty food packages.
Play dress up with funny head bands like bunny ears or sunglasses.
Stick Post-its on door or wall and show them how to pull them off.
Go for a ride on a blanket. Sit them up or lay them down on a blanket and drag the blanket slowly along the ground giving them a fun ride.
Play with spice containers.
Place yarn into a sensory bin and let them play with it. Place balls of yarn inside a sensory bin or a large storage container and let them place with the yarn.