Activities for 12 - 18 Months
Adding some fruit/ citrus fruits into a shallow tray of water, really does add a whole new element to your play. Watch as your little one splashes around, squeezes, tastes and plays with the water and fruit. This can also be a great sibling activity – get your children to squeeze and juice the fruits into the water. Make fruit juices and enjoy.
This really does make play seem as simple as it can be! Add some real objects to a basket and watch as your little one explores. You will often find them mimicking your own behaviour around items like phones/ remote controls. By supplying them with real objects you can have fun naming and playing.
Add some cooked spaghetti to a tray for your little one enjoy. If you want to add a whole new sensory base try making some taste safe mud with water, cocoa powder and flour. Check out our recipe page for the recipe for taste safe mud.
Stick some foam shapes to some sticky back plastic for a simple and fun activity that will keep your little one busy again and again. Can your little one make a picture with the foam shapes? Can they create a flower or a car?
Help Peter Rabbit to pick all the carrots from Mr McGreggor’s garden. Cut some slits in a cardboard box and make up some cardboard carrots. Can your little one practise pulling out the carrots and putting them back in.
Hide and Seek box
Cut two holes in a large box and hang a scarf in front of each hole. Hide some random objects from around the house inside the box. Prompt your child to put their hand in the box to pull out an object, can they name the object? What is it? What colour is it?
Grab your farm animals and make them MESSY. Make up some taste safe mud with flour, cocoa powder and water and cover those farm animals. Provide your little one with another soapy water tray and get them to scrub the animals clean.
Pom Pom Bath
Add your pom poms to some water, throw them in a water tray or even in the bath. Get your little ones to practise squeezing the water out and grab them with some tweezers. Add some kitchen tongs and bowls to make it even more fun!
Rainbow spaghetti is SO much fun and makes a great snacktivity. Simply cook some spaghetti, put it in a ziplock bag and add some food colouring, give it a rub, shake and voila. Rainbow spaghetti. Thread the rainbow spaghetti through a colander and get your little one to practise pull, pull, pulling.