Thursday, October 10, 2013

Simple Play Activities for Babies {Knoala App}

This post is sponsored by Knoala: Raise Happier Kids

As a busy mom of three very energetic kids, I often have a gigantic headache by the late afternoon and my creativity is completely zapped. That is usually right around the time when all of the kids need some attention (especially my 1 and 3-year-old) and we need to come up with something fun to do to help us make it through until dinner time.

Recently we were introduced to Knoala, a kids activities app. The app is a simple resource for busy parents like me who want easy access to age appropriate activities, videos, etc. and don't want to have to think too hard about them or prep much ahead of time. The app is easy to use and easy to search.

When you register for Knoala and create your profile, you select the ages and types of activities you want to receive. You then get access to activities, crafts, videos, and story startes specific to the ages of your kids. I was most interested in checking out activities for my little baby, since I am not always very creative when it comes to baby play. I also love finding new toddler play ideas since toddlers have such short attention spans!

When I was exploring the app I discovered two simple and fun baby play ideas that I want to share with you. Both required little to no prep ahead of time and were simple enough that my older kids could help me set them up.

Texture Trip

For this activity all we did was lay out some different textured materials and encourage the baby to touch them, crawl on them, and explore them a bit.

He had so much fun and loved all the attention! While he roamed around I talked about the different textures that he was climbing or sitting on. I talked about the words soft, bumpy, smooth, hard, slick/slippery, scratchy, etc.

I put the textured items in one long path for him to crawl over and then later I moved them around the room so that he had to crawl from item to item. My 3-year-old enjoyed getting in on the fun too! 

Heavy & Light

Next we played a heavy & light game by filling two tupperware containers with measuring spoons. We put 1-2 spoons in one container and about 8 spoons in another container.

We talked about how one container was heavy (and full of spoons) and one was light (and had very few spoons in it). My little one loved to dump the spoons out again and again. My 3-year-old would then fill up the buckets again and make one light and one heavy. 

After doing the activity with spoons, we did it with cars and my 3-year-old and I talked about the concept of full and empty. She liked transferring all of the cars from one container to another container... and then back to the other container... again and again.

In addition to trying out activities using Knoala, you can also do activities at your house with your kids and then submit your own activities and photos to Knoala so that other parents can try them too! Knoala is a great online social sharing network helping parents to raise happier kids!

We did two simple baby play activities at our house recently that I am submitting to Knoala. You can download the FREE Knoala app here on iTunes. Once you sign up, come and follow me! My username is Toddler Approved

My friend Jamie from Hands On: As We Grow and Alissa from Creative with Kids are on Knoala sharing ideas too!

If you want to check out the two new activities I am sharing... head on over and sign up. You'll find the instructions for both of these activities over on the Knoala App. 

Pumpkin Pull Down 

(for activity instructions log in to the Knoala app)

Chair Toy Hunt

(for activity instructions log in to the Knoala app)

You can also find more of our Toddler Approved baby play ideas if you click on the links below. 

Knocking Down Cup Towers
Autumn Sensory Tub
Silly Stackers
Simple Shakers
Water Bottle Fountain

Happy kids = Happy Parents... so I think you will love this simple and useful and FREE Knoala app. It is growing each day as more parents try it out and share activities with one another.

More Activities for Babies and Toddlers

Zero to Two: The Book of Play (my e-book) is full of fun activities for babies and toddlers. Download your copy here!

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Knoala. I was compensated for the post. All opinions expressed in this post are mine.


  1. Wow, these ideas are all so fun. I'll definitely have to take a look at that app. My baby won't be here for two more months, but I'm trying to plan ahead for when he's older and needs to play. :)

  2. I loved your post, I'm an early education teacher, so I work mostly with babies and parents in early stimulation classes, and I'm always looking for ideas. I know this post is sponsored by the app, and you have to give credits to the app, but I am not apple friendly, I really much prefer android, I don't have anything of apple, and in the android market this app doesn't exist, so if you could please share more ideas specially for babies from your app with instructions while giving credit to the app, maybe on pinterest? or just your blog, I'd love to come back and bookmark your blog but the links of "full instructions if you download the app" don't work for me. I work with android only :) but I'll be sure to recomend the app to my friends who work with the apple.I really hope you can post more activities with full instructions :) Thank you!

    1. Hi Miss Malena- I am releasing a baby play e-book this weekend that will probably be a great resource for you. The other activities in this post will be re-published on this blog at some point later in the year. In the meantime you can find loads of great baby play ideas here in our baby play pinterest board:

  3. What fantastic ideas! Any chance this app will be available on google play in the near future? Thank you :-)

    1. Thank you!! I chatted with developer today and they are working on it :) Hopefully it will be available soon!

  4. I've long thought apps like this would be a great idea for someone to create (I definitely need them all day long:) ), and I was so happy to recently learn they exist. I linked to your great post above in a hint on the growing market of apps serving this activity inspiration niche:)


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