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Active Play Ideas For Your Baby on the Move!

November 26, 2020

As babies start to creep, crawl, stand, walk, and climb, playing starts to look a little different. From about the ages of 9 to 18 months, babies are exploring their motor abilities and the world around them in new ways. Here are six active play ideas for your baby on the move!  

1. Taped Toys

Baby toys taped to a wall and floor as an active play activity for babies

Place sticky paper or tape on a flat surface and attach toys for your baby to grab! Try setting this activity up on a wall or a low table to encourage standing, or tape the toys in different spots around your home to encourage walking/crawling. For walking babies, taping toys to the floor in different places will motivate them to squat then stand while grabbing the toys, strengthening their larger muscles!  

2. Texture Path

A blue pillow, a white pillow, a white blanket, a brown blanket, and bubble wrap laid out on the floor for an active play activity

Using towels, bubble wrap, blankets, pillows, and more, create a “texture path” for your baby to crawl or walk on! Try using different textures for them to feel on their fingers and toes as they move from one texture to the next.

3. Household Objects

Kitchen tools and utensils in a cardboard box, an active play activity

Children love to play with the objects they see adults using on a daily basis. Create a bin or box of these household objects for your child to explore! Part of their exploring might be holding the object while they move around or experimenting with different ways to use the objects. Here are some ideas of what you could include:

  • Spoons
  • Plastic containers
  • Dish cloths
  • Spatulas
  • Wooden or metal bowls
  • Plastic cups
  • A strainer
  • Tongs

4. Toy Grab

Three baby toys in a basket covered with string and ribbon as an active play activity

Wrap string or ribbon around a basket or box and place toys/objects inside for your child to grab! A larger basket or box will encourage your child to stand and reach inside for the toys to help develop gross motor skills and hand-eye coordination. 

5. Boxes

Two cardboard boxes with baby toys and tupperware

Boxes (big and small) are a lot of fun for babies! Holding the boxes, filling them up, dumping them out, moving the boxes, and climbing inside them are just some of the ways babies can play and learn with boxes. If you want more ideas on how to play with cardboard boxes check out our other article.

6. Pillow Pile

A pile of pillows on a carpet

To your baby, a pillow pile is a soft play area ready for exploration. By crawling and climbing over and under pillows, your baby develops gross motor skills and balance. They also begin practicing managing risk as they explore and move over an uneven surface.

What of our active play ideas did your baby on the move enjoy most? Let us know on Facebook or Instagram!

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