Finding activities for 1 year olds can be a challenge! They’re not quite big kids, but a lot of infant activities are just not stimulating enough.
I am constantly on the search for “Busy” 1-Year-Old Activities for my baby. He just started walking, and wants to move and play all day long. I want to do everything I can to help encourage his development, and processing of the world around him, with fun learning activities!
Throughout my search, I’ve complied this list of Busy Activities for 1-Year-Olds that will give you ideas for the entire month and beyond!
Busy Activities For 1-Year-Olds
To little ones, anything can become a game!
Keep your cleaned-out cardboard boxes, milk jugs, and containers handy, because many of these Busy 1-Year-Old Activities involve items that you already have around the house!
Baby Play Station
Make a baby play station with toilet paper rolls. It’s perfect! It makes noise, it moves, has different textures and colors.
Stack recycled cups up and let baby knock them down with this educational idea from And Next Comes L. What child doesn’t love destroying what you build?
Get a ball pit! This easy-fold baby play area is perfect because it’s so much fun, and takes up no space when it’s not in use!
Empty Containers and Plastic Eggs
Make an easy game with an empty container and plastic eggs with this fun activity from Happily Ever Mom! They put them in and pour them out!
Save your fabric scraps to make a quick and easy game, from Hands on: As We Grow. This is a fun activity and all you need is some fabric scraps and an old baby wipe container.
Check out this idea from I Can Teach My Child, and then grab some felt to make a peek-a-boo house! It is so adorable and you can use any pictures!
Baby won’t stop giggling with this tickling game from Adventures at Home with Mum! All the ribbons and cloth tickle as you play with this neat toy.
Roll Things Down a Ramp
Learn with Play at Home has the coolest way to show babies cause and effect. Make a ramp, and watch things roll! You don’t really need anything for this, but a book and ramp.
Simple Baby Games
Encourage babies to walk and move with How Wee Learn‘s simple baby games. All you need is house hold items and some tape.
Pull Along Box
Make your own pull along box for baby with this idea from Pink Oatmeal. This is great for the little ones who aren’t too steady on their feet yet.
Learning Activities For 1-Year-Olds: Problem Solving Is Fun!
Problem solving is an important skill in day-to-day life that we take for granted, when it’s really a fun game!
Make your own baby toy with this Elsa-approved snowflake drop! All you need is an old container that has a wide enough mouth to hold “snowflakes.”
Make a peek-a-boo puzzle with family photos with this sweet idea from Nurture Store. If you don’t want to use family photos you could use other pictures like that of animals.
Babies will wonder, “Where did it go?!” with Laughing Kids Learn‘s disappearing act! All you need is some pom poms, paper, and tape and watch their amazement as the pom poms disappear.
Try out this idea from Danya Banya, and make an activity box for baby. I’ve made this before! You use different ribbons and such to make different things for the paper to play with.
Capture baby’s interest with reflections in the window from Mama Smiles Joyful Parenting. It’s that simple!
Give them a tunnel to play in. My little one just adores this fun toy! It’s fun to crawl through, crab walk through, and tumble in.
Bouncy Balls in Muffin Tins
Grab some bouncy balls and a muffin tin for this brain building baby play, from Sugar Aunts. This will keep them chasing after the balls as they bounce to and fro.
Make a clothespin drop with an old container with this fun learning game from I Can Teach My Child. This one takes hand eye coordination and is a great way to work on motor skills.
Activities to Do With a One Year Old: Exploring
Babies are naturally curious. It is so rewarding to see the little light that flashes in their eyes once they learn something new! These Busy Activities For 1-Year-Olds focus on nurturing their curiosity!
Make a Toy
Make a toy that siblings can decorate for baby! These little cloth toys are great for stimulation and teething.
Outdoor Sensory Bin
Keep baby splashing in the sun with these outdoor sensory bin ideas. The best part is they require no clean up!
Cardboard Box Tunnel
We’re loving this cardboard box tunnel with socks, from The Imagination Tree! Sometimes the box is the best part.
Star Box Sensory Play
How sweet is Where Imagination Grow‘s star box sensory play for infants? I want to curl up in there, with my little one, and a book!
Wash apples! It is a great outdoor activity to get wet and after you can have an apple snack! via Busy Toddler
Busy Activities For 1-Year-Olds: Sensory Fun!
I’ll never forget the day my baby discovered his hands! Our whole family gathered around, smiling down on his purse happiness and amazement. Keep that kind of fun and learning going with these fun Busy Activities For 1-Year-Olds!
Make a gorgeous textured wall for baby to explore with this creative idea. It’s a great way to use embroidery boards and extra fabric from Fun at Home with Kids.
Hang a squishy bag in the window to touch and to explore! I’ve also done this with my littler one and they loved it! They wanted to touch all the goodies inside the bag. Check out the instructions from Paging Fun Mums.
Adorable Sensory Boxes
Meri Cherry Blog has the right idea for a quick and fun activity: use cardboard boxes for these adorable sensory boxes!
Get outside and take baby for a texture walk, inspired by Teach Preschool. Touch the grass, the bark of a tree, dead leaves, live leaves, etc.
Touch and Feel Board
Make a DIY touch and feel board for baby to explore with this idea from Happily Ever Mom. This is super fun and cool to make. My little one played with this for so long.
Velcro and Pom Pom Play
Teach Me Mommy‘s velcro and pom pom play idea will keep your baby playing for hours! They’ll love how the pom poms stick to the velcro each time.
Playing in the bathtub with bath sponges is a classic childhood memory in the making! Loving this idea from Frogs and Snails and Puppy Dog Tails!
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