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Activity and toy ideas for 9-12mths
« on: February 14, 2006, 00:38:53 am »
Feel free to add any ideas you have. If you have a question about activity time, please create a new post outside of this post.  The activities listed are just ideas on what you can start working on, it's by no means an expectation that your lo will be able to do them all at this stage - it's just something interesting they can be introduced to ie. stacking blocks, posting shapes, making sounds etc.

Stacking blocks/balls/rings
Posting items into different containers with different size holes
Shape blocks put into slots
Rolling balls
Reading
Making lots of noise - xylophone, electronic music toys, banging blocks, metal bowls etc
Teach how to go down stairs and off couchs/beds backwards
Push type toys
Walk behind trolleys
Making animal sounds and match it up with toy animals
Exploring their outside environment - grass, leaves, trees, flowers
Name everything you offer as food, where you're going, the car, door, keys etc and if you want to do sign-language, it's a good time to do it.

A lot of activity time will likely be through moving around their environment (crawling, standing, climbing), so most of the household providing it's safe will likely make up the majority of a baby's day at this age.
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Re: Activity and toy ideas for 9-12mths
« Reply #1 on: March 04, 2006, 12:59:10 pm »
Ok here is my list  ;D

-Everyone loves bubbles whether it's with the hand held shapes or a bit of detergent or something in a cup with a bit of water and food dye your sure to have some fun.
-Puzzles just use simple wooden puzzles or magnetic boards that can have shapes, colours, transport, animals, etc.
-Exploring helps build your lo sensory and cognitive awareness.  One listening exercise, for instance, is as simple as finding an area where your baby can hear a number of different sounds.  Inside you might hear the fridge, phone, tv or outside can be birds, leaves rustling, wind chimes.  Call his attention to the sounds, point in the right direction, and tell him what they are.
-Hand painting is always fun but better of outdoors
-Swinging helps baby to trust people but make sure it's a secure seat recommended for your child's age.
-Building sandcastles baby learns to use utensils by herself with the pouring practice and it's fun to knock them over and start again.

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Re: Activity and toy ideas for 9-12mths
« Reply #2 on: April 25, 2006, 09:36:31 am »
Now thomas is cruising a lot we find he really enjoys playing with an activity table....... it combines his 3 favorite things, standing, exploring flaps/ pressing buttons and making his toys play agrevating tunes to drive ME up the wall ;) Still its worth the anoying songs to see him having fun!

He also has a bookshelf in the corner full of his toys, he loves to crawl over to it and pull himself up (its sturdy and firmly attached) and either choose a toy to play with, or just pull them all out. He tends to giggle and shake his head as he does this (i think he thinks hes getting away with something naughty) but it stops him feeling tempted to reck "our" bookshelves (where the books are pretty tightly packed to prevent tiny hand pulling them out easily!) as well as giving him a sense of indipendance and choice.
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Re: Activity and toy ideas for 9-12mths
« Reply #3 on: August 15, 2006, 12:47:17 pm »
balls and cups are a big hit. she loves nothing better than putting balls into cups and then taking them back out again.  and of course the cups stack into towers which appeals to her destructive side.

recently she has got bored with her toys (she must sense there are new ones coming for her birthday next week :)) so I put them all in boxes and she has loved getting them out and putting them back again.

and of course there are books; we have them all lined up on the floor in the corner so she can go over, select a book and bring it to me to read to her - perfect!
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Re: Activity and toy ideas for 9-12mths
« Reply #4 on: October 05, 2006, 19:46:03 pm »
Do you all have any suggestions for creative play (coloring, fingerpainting) - other ideas like this? My lo is constantly teething & tries to put crayons & paint in his mouth.  I'd like to be able to just let him "free" play but with these things, it seems I'm contantly telling him "no" - which I don't want to do...any ideas? He's already walking, if that makes any difference. Thanks!
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Re: Activity and toy ideas for 9-12mths
« Reply #5 on: November 21, 2006, 19:28:15 pm »
I second the activity table idea! This has been a fabulous addition to our house. Anything that allows him to stand is a plus!

We also have shelves/drawers that are just for Owen to play with. Like PP, Owen thinks he's getting away with something naughty, and has a grand time pulling things off, putting them back, biting them, etc.

Peek a boo! Always a great game, but now HE starts the game. We spend a lot of time playing peek a book in crib and playpen. While mama works, he hides, and waits for me to see him! Another great game is taking stuffed animals and hiding them under the bed, then having them "peek-a-boo" from under the covers!

Obstacle course: placing safe pieces of furniture at various distances from one another, and allowing LO to cruise to heart's content. Change the arrangement, and then let him go again!

Puppets - this seems to be very fun for LO right now. He's fascinated by a talking puppet.

Throwing things. LO enjoy testing gravity. find a safe place and safe things to throw. I give Owen lots of plastic cups, containers etc, and let him toss them into the bathtub (empty) to his heart's content! Gives me time to clean!
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Re: Activity and toy ideas for 9-12mths
« Reply #6 on: January 20, 2007, 20:55:16 pm »
Do you all have any suggestions for creative play (coloring, fingerpainting) - other ideas like this? My lo is constantly teething & tries to put crayons & paint in his mouth. 
I second this question, Dom puts everything in his mouth so I wouldn't dare him him a crayon or anything yet. He's 9 1/2 months now and pulling himself to standing but not quite cruising yet.
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Re: Activity and toy ideas for 9-12mths
« Reply #7 on: January 25, 2007, 18:04:21 pm »
I think most kids need to wait closer to 18 months before they can start those kind of artistic projects.

Our artistic endeavors consist mostly of ripping up magazines right now!  ;D That's pretty fun for LO!
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Re: Activity and toy ideas for 9-12mths
« Reply #8 on: February 04, 2007, 23:19:46 pm »
I third the activity table! It is a big hit in my house :) Also, I have an old tissue box which I fill with whatever I can find (canning lid, baby spoon, whatever..) and he LOVES sticking his hand in the plastic slit and pulling out new stuff. I change up the 'toys' every couple of days. Also, we often go for rides in the laundry basket! I tie an old belt to it and pull him around. He also loves to take everything out of his dresser drawers :)

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Re: Activity and toy ideas for 9-12mths
« Reply #9 on: February 05, 2007, 11:33:33 am »
Oh I love the laundry basket idea that sounds like loads of fun.
I'll give it a try thanks
Sal

(p.s. wonder if dh could pull me around in it...!?!)
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Re: Activity and toy ideas for 9-12mths
« Reply #10 on: February 05, 2007, 22:58:35 pm »
I think most kids need to wait closer to 18 months before they can start those kind of artistic projects.

Our artistic endeavors consist mostly of ripping up magazines right now!  ;D That's pretty fun for LO!

Try using Pudding on paper instead of paint. This allows the baby to artistic but if they happen to eat it it is ok!

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Re: Activity and toy ideas for 9-12mths
« Reply #11 on: February 06, 2007, 14:51:37 pm »
Try using Pudding on paper instead of paint. This allows the baby to artistic but if they happen to eat it it is ok!

Or (read somewhere recently) add food coloring to yogurt.
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Re: Activity and toy ideas for 9-12mths
« Reply #12 on: February 28, 2007, 18:02:00 pm »
Great ideas everyone.  Thanks!   ;D

We got out somewhere at least once a day.  We usually go to an indoor play ground in the mall or at Chick-fil-A.  It gives her time to explore new environments and if there are others there than she gets to socialize.  she is normally the youngest one when we go out but it gives her great motivation watching the older kids.  She loves to observe and watch others so going out is great for her. 
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Re: Activity and toy ideas for 9-12mths
« Reply #13 on: March 01, 2007, 00:13:42 am »
same here! I can't stay in the house all day! Hayden gets way too bored!! (AMAZING with all of his toys!  ::)  ) we love the indoor playgrounds and pools. We are also involved in sign language classes. He loves beign around other kids. He learns new things from them and gains more skills each time.

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Re: Activity and toy ideas for 9-12mths
« Reply #14 on: October 22, 2007, 15:52:10 pm »
I was at a music group today and they used chiffon scarves, blowing into them to make them float and letting the kids run about with them. They loved it - going to get some myself...easy to store, easy to clean and great fun - even with very little babies in the house as well could make a good interactive toy for the older baby to play with with the little one.

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