Let’s face it, one year olds can seem tough to know what to do with all day long. They are busy and on the go, but still put everything in their mouths, are easily overstimulated, and have a tendency to want to get into that which they are not allowed.
We have written extensive lists on ideas for sensory play with one year olds, crafts for one year olds, and more. These are great, but often require setup and materials.
This printable list below will serve as a reminder to you of activities that you can do with one year olds every single day that will help you bond and stay busy.
So what are some activities for 1 year olds that you can do every day?
20 Activities for 1 Year Olds You Can Do EVERY Day!
As a stay-at-home mom, there were many days where I was left wondering, “what am I going to do with him/her all day?”.
I’m sharing some of my go-to activities and boredom busters that can be done every single day (kids love repetition), and, that don’t require anything that you most likely wouldn’t have at home.
Grab the free printable of these activities and hang them in every room in your house for quick reference 😉
20 activities to do with your one year old
Sing a song. Babies don’t care what your voice sounds like or what you’re singing, they will love it anyway.
Go for a walk (grab the umbrellas in the rain and splash in puddles – bonus points if you jump too ;)).
Bang on pots and pans. This will actually let you get dinner cooked, trust me.
Read a book. Or the same book over and over.
Puppet show with stuffed animals. Use funny voices and this will never get old!
Do a puzzle. Don’t have puzzles? Make a simple matching one or a magnetic one.
Play with stickers.
Play in water. It can be as simple as filling the kitchen or bathroom sink, to handing them a hose. Blend up some soap and water with cornstarch to make soap foam that’s super fun too!
Stack pillows and knock them down, or create a large crash mat!
Roll a big ball back and forth.
Have a dance party. Crank up the tunes and show you little one your best moves, you will have a happy audience.
Make animal sounds (bonus points for acting them out!).
Play chase. Run slowly and act surprised when your little one tags you, and be prepared for lots of giggles.
Make a marching band. Use a tupperware lid as a tambourine, shake a can of beans like maracas. Almost anything can be used as an instrument!
Snuggle. Make it a game or simple enjoy the cuddles.
Point out body parts. Little ones love to find their nose, eyes, mouth and ears. They will enjoy finding yours as well!
Recite a nursery rhyme. Need a refresher? Check out these 10 classic rhymes. Make a set of large story stones for them to play with if you think they can handle them.
Make an indoor obstacle course! Put some pillows on the floor to run around, some stuffed animals to step over, or some soft balls to gently kick. Get creative with this one!
Most of these, with the exception of an outdoor walk, can be done INDOORS. For those long Winter days, this will come in handy!
So, do you think you can do these activities for 1 year olds every day?
If you’re up for the challenge, don’t forget to print them out.
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Looking for Printable Activities for 1 Year Olds?
This printable gives you ideas that you can hang up on your wall for inspiration of ways to play with your kids. If you’re looking for games and more fun that you can print out to do with toddlers, we’ve got you covered!
Some of our favorite printable toddler games include Bingo, Matching and I-Spy. Small kids can match pictures and love to do this together. Laminating game pieces is a good idea if you’re playing these games with small children who might still put items in their mouth.
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