These activities for one year olds are perfect for babies and toddlers. Whether at home or in a daycare classroom, these activities are amazing for learning about the world around these babies. From sensory activities to discovery toys and more, we have so many great activities that one year olds will love!

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We have so many great activities for babies and toddlers.

Fun Activities For One Year Olds

These fun activities for one year olds will encourage your tot to explore her surroundings. Our favorite toddler activities have been researched and tot-tested!   Play with baby doesn’t require fancy toys or the perfectly designed nursery.   Activities for one year olds often use things already found at home in a unique way.

Favorite Activities For One Year Olds:

  • Sensory Activities
  • Discovery Toys
  • Baby Toys
  • Craft Ideas for Toddlers

We will be exploring all of these fun activities for one year olds. All of them educational, but fun and stimulating!

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These sensory activities are perfect for one year olds!

 Sensory Activities for One Year Olds:

1. Fun Playdough Activities For One Year Olds

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Find the toys hidden within the playdough.

A lump of clay and household items or toys can keep a toddler entertained for hours! Make sure you are paying attention though as it can be a choking hazard.

2. Fun Texture Hunt Activities For One Year Olds

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Explore the world with touch and texture!


You and your tot can go on a texture hunt, make a book of different textures to explore (via Bloesum Kids)

3. Fun Fruit Cereal Sensory Box For 1 Year Olds

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Use fruit Cereal to make a sensory box for your baby.


Use the lid to a box to create a sensory box for your 1 year old to use to explore the world around them through their senses. (via Entertain Your Toddler)

4. Matching Texture Activities For 1 Year Olds

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Use everyday items to make sensory balloons for your 1 year old.


Match textures as you feel them inside balloons (via Little Bins For Little Hands).

All these sensory experiences can introduce your one year old to new things.

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Discover the world with these fun, baby safe, discovery bottles.

Discovery Toys for One Year Olds:

Toys don’t have to be fancy for toddlers to enjoy them!   Some of my infants favorites are created with items found around the house.

5. I- Spy Shaking Bottle Activity For One Year Olds

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We made I-Spy shaking bottles! Explore and shake with these fun bottles.

6. Glowing Sensory Bottle For One Year Olds

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Explore the night with your 1 year old with this glow in the dark sensory bottle.


Add glitter and glow in the dark stars in your bottles. Your one year old can explore night time in a less scary and super calming manner.

7. Smorgasbord Of Bottles Activities For 1 Year Olds

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Sensory bottles are great for one year olds especially with shiny or noisy things in them.


Over at Pre-school Play they have a smorgasbord of bottle ideas including one where they added marbles to shampoo

8. Sound and Visual Activities For 1 Year Olds

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These sensory bottles are perfect for 1 year olds.


Loveevery added colorful items to plain water and empty bottles to create a collection of visual and sound effects.

9. Discovery Bag Ideas For 1 Year Olds

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Discover the farm and animals with this farm themed sensory and discovery bag.

Happy Toddler Playtime made a bottle-free discovery bag for her kids to play with.

A trip to the toy store with your toddler in tow isn’t necessary when you can upcycle what you already have at home.

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These fun toys and activities for one year olds are not only great for fine motor skills practice, but hours of fun!

One Year Old Toys and activities:

10. Fun DIY Clipping Toys For One Year Olds

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This clipping toy will help your 1 year old practice fine motor skills.

One of our most popular DIY creations is our toddler clipping toy – sure to entertain!

There are other ways to create toddler toys from everyday objects.  

11. Counting Coconuts Games For 1 Year Olds

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Don’t buy building blocks when you can make your own blocks.

Counting Coconuts made blocks from tree branches, mix pipe-cleaners and a sifter and you have toddler poking fun.

12. DIY Drum Craft For Toddlers

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Let your 1 year old make music with this diy drum!


An old cereal tub or a large tin can when decorated becomes a drum (via No Time for Flashcards).

13. Pom Pom and Tupperware Game For One Year Olds

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Practice fine motor skills!


Help your tot practice fine motor skills with pom-poms and a tupperware tub (via Engaging Toddler Activities).

Life is ALL about play when you are a one year old!

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Baby safe paint is perfect to explore art and colors!

Craft Ideas for Toddlers:

Toddlers are about the process, not the end product, so crafting with a one year old is an experience all its own.

Baby Safe Finger paint with edible paints

14. Baby Safe Paint From Condensed Milk

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Make paints with condensed milk!

  A Bunch of Keys made finger paint from condensed milk!

15. Baby Safe Edible Paint Made With Fruit Loops

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Make your own edible paints!

And Kids Activities Blog made edible paint from Fruit Loops.  

16. Mess Free Paint Activities For One Year Olds

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Let your 1 year old do this mess free painting.

Don’t want to risk the mess? Laughing Kids Learn has a great solution. You place paint in a large plastic bag and secure it to a flat surface, like a window, with tape and let the painting begin!

17. DIY Watercolors For Toddlers

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Toddler dry out markers? Turn them into water colors!

Have dried out markers and maybe a tot like mine who likes to color on herself?   This blogger made watercolors out of her old markers.

Need More Fun Activities for Your Kids? Here are More Baby and Toddler Activities From Kids Activities Blog:

OK, so maybe your child is a bit older…never fear!   We have researched fun kids activities for toddlers, preschoolers and Kindergartners too:

Which activities will you be trying with your one year old?



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