My youngest turns 16 months old today. Crazy! Although the majority of the activities we do are more for my preschooler and kindergartener, we've been trying to find activities that our baby/little toddler likes to do too.
I've been compiling several easy play ideas for 9-18 month olds so that I have a "go to" resource when I need a quick idea for my little guy. I like really simple activities that use very few materials because I don't usually have very much time to prepare anything.
These 18 easy play ideas for kids ages 9-18 months are ones that I have tried or plan to try with my son... and they feature awesome ideas from many of my favorite bloggers... and a few from me too.
If you have a child in the 9-18 month age range, check these ideas out and see if any might work for your child. All kids are different and are also at different developmental stages so make sure you only do the activities that your child seems ready for... and then try any others in a few weeks or months. It is amazing how one week kids aren't interested in something or can't do it... and the next week all they want to do is that activity and it is easy for them.
Just click on the links below to get more details on these 18 easy play ideas for kids ages 9-18 months...
Do some ball and Tube Play via Octavia and Vicky
Make a Peek-a-boo Jigsaw via Nurturestore
Do some mess free car painting
Drive cars on the Window via The Imagination Tree
Make a Sensory bag via Plain Vanilla Mom
Do some dropping and dumping
Create a Water Sensory Bin via The Iowa Farmer's Wife
Go on a Texture Trip
Put together some soapy sensory jars via Hands On As We Grow
Play with cardboard rolls and pom poms
Make a simple obstacle course via Hands On As We Grow
Create a treasure basket via The Imagination Tree
Do some destruction art via Creative with Kids
Build and knock down cup towers
Make some instruments
Create a DIY tugging box via Laughing Kids Learn
Make a car ramp
Put together rainbow bottles/music shakers via My Little 3 and M
A few other super duper simple ideas that I do with my 16 month old include...
- pretending to take naps in big sister's bed (and then waking up... and then "going back to sleep")
- shooting pom poms down ramps through paper towel rolls
- exploring a pan full of rice crispies using measuring cups... and then crushing them
- making a paper towel roll marble run for marbles, blocks, and pom poms
- opening and closing the spice drawers and building plastic spice bottle towers... and knocking them down
- splashing with hands in a pan of shallow water
If you have any other favorite easy play activities for 9-18 month old kiddos, please share them in the comments!
By the way, some of these activities are totally fun for siblings to do together or for kids 18 months + so give them a try if you have an older kiddo too who you think might like these.