13 Month Old Activities and Play Ideas: Week 3
We’ve been spending much more time indoors due to Covid-19, so I decided to plan out a month’s worth of activities for my 13 month old baby. I love routine and I am finding that this keeps me motivated and ensures I spend quality time playing with him each day.
This weeks activities were:
- Putting away pom-poms
- Bath painting
- Baking biscuits
- Oobleck messy play
- Balls in water
- Beach tuff tray
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I’ve noticed K has started to put objects into containers. So this week, I used pom-poms and silicone cupcake cases to build on this interest. First, I laid down the contact paper sticky side up and then added the pom-poms to it. Sticking the pom-poms to the contact paper gave him an extra challenge as it meant he had to figure out how to get them off and use his fine motor skills.
Bath painting is a great rainy day activity to do with little ones. Painting in the bath means you don’t have to worry about the mess – all you have to do is wash off the tiles and your toddler afterwards. It’s also an ideal time to show them how to hold and use a paintbrush. This activity keeps kids occupied for ages and it can be turned into 2 activities by washing them off and playing in the bath afterwards.
I created taste safe paint by mixing together flour, water and food colouring. I then added jumbo paintbrushes as these are easier for my 13 month old to hold. We’ve also previously used shaving foam and food colouring to paint in the bath.
I got in the bath with K for this activity. He was interested in painting for at least 15 minutes. He watched and copied me painting the tiles and also enjoyed painting my knee! It was so easy to shower the paint off the bath and tiles and after this we spent another 20 minutes playing in the bath.
This week we made biscuits using a low sugar recipe. These turned out really well and were a nice little treat for K to have at snack time. I’m finding that the more we bake, the easier it becomes. I’ve found the following things have made baking with my toddler so much easier.
- Using a learning tower so he can see what I’m doing and get involved
- Putting a tray in front of him and adding some of the ingredients I’m using so that he can explore them
- Letting him taste things (if possible)
Marshmallow playdough was the next activity we did this week. It’s edible and smells amazing. All you need is:
- 6 large marshmallows
- 1/4 cup cornflour (cornstarch)
- 2 tsp coconut oil
- Food colouring
I microwaved the marshmallows for 30 seconds. Added in the cornflour, oil and food colouring and then mixed it all together. Once I could no longer mix it, I kneaded the dough.
I find that gel food colouring works better because I end up using less and the colours are more vibrant.
I used olive oil for one of the doughs, which didn’t seem to make much of a difference
The dough was very sticky when I first made it, so I kept adding more cornflour. This just made it less stretchy. So stick with it and keep kneading. It will come together!
Cover the surface before playing with the dough
It does leave an oily residue on hands so have wipes close by
If the dough becomes hard, microwave it again for around 20 seconds. This will soften it up and ensure it’s ready to be played with again
I was so pleased with this playdough! I made playdough for K before when he was around 10 months old. He poked it once and wasn’t interested. However, he quite enjoyed stretching and pulling this dough apart. It’s much stretchier than normal dough and doesn’t leave crumbly bits everywhere.
Balls in Water
Most days this week were cloudy but the sun finally came out here in the UK on Friday. So I set up our splash pad and added balls to it. This is one of our favourite outdoor toys for toddlers and keeps my little one cool on hot days. K enjoys our splash pad a lot more than a paddling pool because he can get himself in and out of the water. It isn’t too deep either. At first, I kept the hose on so that the sprinklers were on. When I turned it off, the water stayed in the bottom of the splash pad. K then got into it and played with all the different balls, more than when the sprinklers were on.
Beach Tuff Tray
We went on a bike ride along the beach last weekend and played in the sand when the tide was out. K loved it so I decided to create a beach-themed tuff tray for him. I used sand and dyed the water with blue food colouring. Stones and shells were also added, as well as other decorative stones. I made the boats out of a pool noodle, lollypop sticks and foam sheets and added some water-squirting toys too. K loved exploring the shells and happily played in the water with the boats. I kept this tray out for most of the week. He played with something different each time he came back to it. At first, he was unsure of the sand. But by the end of the week, he played with the sand.
In addition to our 13 month old activities, I set up busy baskets with toys in. I then put them in different rooms of the house. I’ve found that rotating toys this way works much better than having them on the shelves in one room. K likes to explore the house and they get played with a lot more! I didn’t change up our baskets too much this week as the weather was meant to be warmer and sunnier (We only had 2 nice days in the end!). But most of the baskets from last week were kept out, including the posting box. I then added in DIY foam animal masks that I made.
Foam Animal Masks
I made these foam animal masks as part of our zoo-themed activities last week. However, I only finished them at the weekend, so I decided to save them for this week’s baskets. K found it hilarious when I put the masks on and pretended to be the animals. At the start of the week, he didn’t want to wear a mask but by the end of the week, he wore one for a little bit.
*I added elastic to the masks after I took the picture.
I changed the location of this box to the kitchen. It has been played with so much more this week and it has kept K busy whilst I’ve been cooking dinner on a few occasions. He is getting more precise when picking the balls up and posting them through the hole.
The most popular of the 13 month old activities this week was the painting in the bath. K was engaged in this activity the longest and I was surprised that he was able to use the paintbrush. it also turned into a second activity which took up lots of the afternoon.
I really enjoyed baking biscuits with K this week. I’m finding that the more we do it, the easier it’s becoming. I’m also finding more ways to involve him
Next weeks activities include stacking blocks, crayons, chia slime and more, so check back for recipes and to see how we did them.
I hope I’ve inspired you to try some of these awesome 13 month old activities with your toddler. Please tag me on Instagram if you try any of the ideas I’ve shared.