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 some play ideas for your babies on the move!
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!
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.
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 to include:
- Plastic containers
- Dish cloths
- Wooden or metal bowls
- Plastic cups
- A strainer
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.
Pile up some pillows and cushions and give your baby space to crawl! This activity is great for babies who love to crawl and want a little challenge. You may need to model the crawling or follow their lead as they find new ways to play with the pile of pillows.