It seems the end of an era and mark to the occasion here are 35 activities for 18 month old and under – T is now almost 19 months old (well tomorrow she will be) so as we move from Baby activities to full blown toddler Activities.
These are 35 activities for 18 month old and under (well from around 6 months to 18 months) that we have done with T over the last year, they are easy to set up and in the most part are free and where there is a cost that is very little. There are Art Activities, Exploring, Imaginative Play, Sensory and activities for fine and gross motor skills.
- Contact Paper Butterflies
- Edible Finger Paints
- Sponge and dot Painting
- Homemade Finger Paints
- Traditional Finger Paints
- Rainbow Fish Hand Prints
- Glitter Hearts
- Canvas Painting
Hand-made Busy Bags we recommend
Have you tried Busy Bags with your babies yet – these are fantastic and ideal for taking with you in the car, popping in your changing bag or having in the stroller for when you need to keep your little ones entertained.
I love supporting small businesses and Etsy is the place to find busy bags that are perfect for this range. There is a HUGE selection and they have so many different possibilities. I loved the cookie and cooking bag for my kids they loved cooking the cookies and then we would count them in and count them out again. Another favorite the finger puppet farm – how cute are they?
Imaginative Play Activities for 18 month old and younger
Everything is new for a baby but in that time you can create new experiences for them as well as let them explore here are a few of our favourites.
Books for babies and young toddlers
Reading with your baby is one of the best ways to get them interested in books and also in learning. A lot of the books for babies are aimed at exciting the senses as well. My favorites well there were two when T and J were younger – the “That’s not my” series and also the “Indestructible” Series.
See some of our other recommendations for reading throughout the year – although some may be aimed at Toddlers or Preschoolers these books are great to read aloud to even the youngest baby and it’s a great idea to get into the habit early on with bedtime stories.
Activity Plans for Babies
Although I’ve provided some fantastic ideas for you I know how crazy life with a baby can be and even more so when you are doing life with a baby and a toddler so having a routine or rhythm to your day can help and if you can get someone else to do the hard work for you – well even better.
A fellow blogger Jamie from Hands on As We Grow one of my favorite blogs has put together exactly what you need and how I wish she had done it when I was at that stage. There is an activity plan “Discover” just for babies (1 year and under) how cool is that as that was my most challenging age to come up with activities for. Then as they turn 1 and head on to become a toddler there is a second activity plan which is “Play” activities that create memories that you can do with your kids.
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