Baby Activities from 9 to 18 Months
Activities to Do Together
Your baby is now ready to take an active role in exploring his world.
- Roll a ball to your baby.
- Sing and dance with your baby to all kinds of music.
- Look through a magazine or picture book, pointing at and naming the objects you see—baby, dog, car, flowers, and so on. Your baby will enjoy looking at colorful pictures and learning new words.
- Let your child play with small pots and pans, strainers, spoons, and plastic measuring cups.
- Play “pouring and dumping games.” Your child may like emptying a box or bucket. Outdoors, use a bucket or cup with sand or water. Indoors, use water in the bathtub, or small blocks or other things that are too big to choke on. At first, your child may not be ready to put things back. This can become part of the game as he gets older.
Young children learn by playing. You and your child can:
- Make homemade clay. Mix 3 cups flour, 1 cup salt, 3 tablespoons oil, and about 1 cup of water with your hands. Add food coloring. Add more water until the dough is soft and smooth. After using, keep in a container with a lid in the refrigerator. It will last a few weeks.
- Make giant blocks. Your child can color paper grocery bags. Stuff the bags with crumpled newspaper. Fold the opening down to make a box shape. Tape it shut.
- Make bubble solution. Mix 4 cups water, 1/2 cup liquid dish detergent, and a tablespoonful of corn syrup.
- Make finger paint. Mix 1/2 cup cornstarch and 1 cup cold water. Pour into 3 cups boiling water. Keep boiling water away from your child. Stir until shiny. DO NOT ALLOW HER TO PLAY WITH IT UNTIL COOL. Add food coloring. Finger paint on trays or special shiny paper.
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