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
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
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
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:
- Plastic containers
- Dish cloths
- Wooden or metal bowls
- Plastic cups
- A strainer
4. Toy Grab
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.
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
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.
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