Activities Your 11 Month Old Baby Will Engage With
An 11 month old baby can be challenging. They’re at an in-between age where they’re not a tiny baby anymore. At the same time, they’re not quite yet a toddler.
Babies at this age also want to do everything and get frustrated when they can’t communicate what they want.
This makes finding activities to keep them occupied difficult.
I’ve previously shared simple baby and toddler activity ideas. Although we have returned to some of these activities, I’ve had to find other ways to keep K interested and engaged this month.
Here are some of the worthwhile 11 month old baby activities my little one enjoyed. Hopefully, your baby will love them too.
K engaged with some of these activities once, but many of them were ones we returned to quite a few times.
This made it easier for me, as I wasn’t forever trying to come up with new ways to stimulate him.
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Give Your 11 Month Old Baby a Gift Box
Using a box to put different everyday objects in, is a similar concept to using a treasure basket. However, using a box that needs to be opened, will provide your baby with a challenge.
Babies are naturally curious and they will love the element of surprise.
The best thing about using a box is that you only have to prepare it once.
You can also use it to occupy your baby in the car or when out and about.
I used a gift box with a magnetic closure and added the following objects:
- Let your baby explore the closed box, before letting them see what’s inside.
- Show them how to open it by opening and closing it a few times. This is a great opportunity to introduce the words open and close.
- Let them play freely with all of the things inside. Sit back and watch them for a while before playing with them.
My baby spent quite a while trying to get into the box and turning it over.
Once I opened it, he grabbed a handful of objects and threw them out.
After this, he took the comb out and played around with it.
He then tried to brush his hair. This was something I didn’t even know he could do, so it was great for me to see!
Once he had done this, he went back to the box, took out another item and played with it.
Then he went for a third item.
Finally, he went back to the box and then used the flap to shut the box.
This is a great activity that can be used all week. If changing the items in the box, I would recommend you wait a while because your little one may show a preference for certain items.
They may also use the objects in different ways.
Also, try to change one item at a time, rather than all in one go so it doesn’t overwhelm them.
There are so many things you can do with a cardboard box.
They are great to use in rainy day activities with your baby. The bigger they are, the more you can make.
This month I cut holes in a cardboard box for K to post his sensory balls through – he’s really into posting things at the moment!
Here are some of the ways you can make this activity last all week.
- Let them explore just the box
- Cut 1 or 2 holes in the top of the box, let them drop balls or objects inside
- Cut holes in the side of the box
- Hide things inside the box for them to pull out
- Cut the box in half, stand it up and use the holes to play peek-a-boo
You can extend your little ones learning when they’re older by getting them to post different coloured playballs in the matching hole.
Upcycle Foam Blocks For Your 11 Month Old Baby
Foam blocks are such a great open-ended toy for babies and toddlers. K loves knocking over the towers I’ve built but he can’t yet build them himself.
Now he’s a bit older, he doesn’t play with them as much. So I decided to jazz them up a bit by adding things onto the sides.
I added the following:
You can use either a glue gun or sew the objects on. Each way has its benefits.
Glueing is much quicker and easier but it can be messy.
Sewing is time-consuming but it means that you can unpick what you’ve sewn on and just go back to using them as foam blocks.
Jelly is a great sensory play idea your 11 month old baby will love. It doesn’t take long to prepare and once it’s set you’re good to go.
Hiding things in the jelly before it has set will intrigue your baby and will develop their fine motor skills when they’re trying to dig it out.
All you need is:
- Snack pots
- Objects to hide – I used bottle lids
Once you’ve made the jelly, pour it into the pots and hide the objects inside. Then put it in the fridge to set.
It’s not the first time K has played with jelly – I put it in our tuff tray for him as part of a sensory play activity at 6 months. However, now he’s a bit older, he plays with it a lot more and eats more of it too.
Doing the activity more than once, helped him learn more about what he was playing with.
On the first day, he took the hidden bottle lid out of the jelly and played with it.
The next day, he took out the hidden object and tried to eat some of the jelly.
On another day, he got the hidden object out first, then used his hands to eat the jelly, rather than playing with it. He also got fed up digging into the pot and tipped it all out onto his highchair.
Luckily we have a food catcher bib which makes clearing up a breeze. All I had to do was use the kitchen roll to get off most of the mess, then run the bib and tray under the tap.
Putting the jelly into small pots means that you can use this activity all week. It’s also a good way to occupy your little one when you’re clearing up from dinner!
The simplest things can keep an 11 month old baby occupied for ages. Plastic see-through containers with slits in the lid are something that entertained K for way longer than I expected.
I used a thick straw and poked it through the hole in the container. K had so much fun waving it around on the first day. The straw had a stopper, meaning it was difficult for him to take it out.
Over the course of the week, he learnt to pull the straw out. I also put different things inside the container for him to see. Like one of his Mega Blocks or a playball.
He enjoyed hearing the sounds it made when he shook it and he learnt to take the lid off and get to the object inside. All of which helped to strengthen his hand muscles and develop his fine motor skills.
2 in 1 Water Wall and Ball Run
A 2 in 1 water wall and ball run is something you can create to keep your little one occupied in the garden.
It’s something they will enjoy using independently when they’re a toddler and even older. This is great for little ones that love water play.
To make our water wall/ball run I used:
- A drill and screws
- White half round guttering
- Brackets to secure it to the wall
- Gutter ends. This stops the balls rolling off the end, I still need to secure them on
I chose white guttering so that K can see the water a bit better. I also plan on using food colouring in the water and water beads.
At the moment our water wall is simple and not too overwhelming. I like that I can add more things to it as K gets older.
Although K can’t put the water down the gutter himself yet, he enjoys watching it go down and he uses the gutter to pull himself up to standing so he can see.
I have to hand him the balls but he drops them himself and loves watching them roll down.
Blowing Tissue Paper and Feathers
This is a fun activity for your 11 month old baby but it involves lots of clearing up. However, your baby will be mesmerized watching the different coloured tissue paper squares floating to the ground. So it’s worth the tidying.
I cut ripped tissue paper into small squares and put them on a tray. Then I held it in front of a fan and let them blow around the room.
I also tried this with feathers at first but it didn’t work as well.
I did find that blowing the tissue paper myself sent the squares higher into the air.
K showed his enjoyment by clapping his hands after watching the tissue paper fall to the ground. I also put the plate in front of him to see what he would do.
He enjoyed emptying all of the squares off of the plate himself and successfully used his fine motor skills to pick the squares up off of the floor.
Busy Board For An 11 Month Old Baby and Older
Busy boards are sometimes known as activity boards or sensory boards. They stimulate the senses and aid physical development.
There are some great busy boards you can buy but creating one yourself, means you can tailor it to your little one’s preferences.
My husband and I created a DIY busy board using the edge of our desk.
K loves everyday objects (more than toys) so this is right up his street. It’s great for independent play too.
His favourites at the moment are the talking tins, (which are a great developmental toy) and the football doorknob.
Check out my previous blog post on how to make a busy board for your 11 month old baby.
The Spring Foam Window Murals at the Imagination Tree inspired me to try using foam myself. However, I didn’t like the idea of having to clean grubby hand prints off of my window, so I used the back of our front door instead.
I bought some rocket foam shapes, put some water on the back of them and stuck them to the door for K to pull off.
Putting some up higher added a challenge and encouraged him to pull himself to standing. There was a moment where he stood all by himself too!
I also used small elephant foam stickers, which he enjoyed peeling off.
This was a one-time activity that he wasn’t interested in returning to. Having said this, he remained focused and didn’t move onto something else until all of the foam shapes were off.
Other Things My 11 Month Old Baby Has Been Exploring This Month
Different brushes, magnets, feathers and pom poms stuck in ice cubes are other things we have tried this month.
K did like exploring the objects but they didn’t keep him engaged for very long so I will try them again with him when he’s a bit older.
Magnets on a baking tray was an activity I tried with K at 9 months. However, this time I used magnetic numbers.
It was interesting to see him react differently now he’s a bit older. He was adamant he was going to get them off.
There was lots of banging and flipping the tray over and back again. I also used this as an opportunity to sing the nursery rhyme 1,2,3,4,5 Once I Caught a Fish Alive, using the numbers.
Using boxes, creating a busy board or water wall/ball run and making the most of everyday objects will not only help to stimulate your 11 month old baby but will also help them to make all-important connections in their brain.
With any activity, try to resist the urge of jumping in straight away.
Give them time to quietly explore by themselves first. This helps them to concentrate and learn about what they’re playing with. When you see them losing interest, join in with their play.
Try doing the activities in the garden, it will help to add variety to the day and reduce the cleanup time.
Your baby will also get fresh air, which will help them sleep better.
Sometimes it can be tough finding the right toys, resources and activities for your baby. Lovevery takes the guesswork out of baby play with their best-selling play kits.
Every few months, they send you a new box with organic, educational toys. Some of them are Montessori inspired.
They also come with activity cards to give you some ideas on how to use them.
You can’t buy a lot of the toys from the boxes anywhere else – trust me, I’ve tried!
What activities does your 11 month old baby engage well with and return to? Let me know in the comments section below.
I would also love to see any activities you try with your little one, so please tag me on Instagram.