14 Month Old Baby Activity Ideas
I started planning out our activities for the whole month when K was 13 months old. I enjoyed doing it so much, I have carried on and planned out a months worth of activities for my now 14 month old baby. This ensures we spend a bit of quality time together and gives me a chance to teach him certain skills and vocabulary.
We went to visit a farm this week, so I planned some farm-themed activities where possible. Our activities this week were:
- Farmyard posting box
- Baking teething biscuits
- Finger painting
- Bubble foam
- Green themed water play
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Farmyard Posting Box
I have set up posting boxes for K in a previous activity. But instead of using the same container, I wanted to give K more of a challenge. So I created a posting box with a slimmer hole and gave K smaller cards to post.
We have revisited this activity so many times this week. K celebrates when he has posted the card into the hole and throws the card away when it doesn’t quite go in!
K has really been struggling this week as lots of his bigger teeth are coming through at once. So I decided to make him some homemade teething biscuits using a recipe from theWhat Mummy Makes cookbook. But you can also get the recipe here.
This recipe was quick to make but there were a few opportunities where K helped. For example, he mixed some of the ingredients using a big spoon and helped to pat down the dough before I cut it.
I used butter instead of coconut oil and added in some dried cranberries too. They turned out well and K seemed to enjoy them.
I knew this 14 month old baby activity could turn into a great big mess but I wanted to make a fingerprint picture for hubby’s birthday so we still gave it a go.
I created some DIY ink pads to try and limit the mess. To do this, I used a kitchen scourer sponge and a small food container we used to store food in when K was little. I cut around the sponge, put it inside the container and then added paint to it.
Our DIY ink pads worked so well. It meant that you could really see if you had a fingerprint on the canvas, rather than just a blob. The sponges can be washed out and used in another fingerprint painting activity or as stamps.
We created some fingerprint frogs, ducks and plants and we didn’t have a single smudged fingerprint.
After creating the picture, I also set up our tuff tray with outlines of farm animals and the finger paint pots. Although K did do a little bit of finger painting, he was mostly interested in holding one of the pots!
Bubble Foam Tuff Tray
This bubble foam tuff tray was super easy to make and looks really cool. Here are the 3 ingredients I used to make it:
- ½ cup of Child’s Farm body wash
- 1 cup of water
- Food colouring/ Cocoa powder for the brown bubble foam
I added the body wash and water to a big plastic bowl. Then used an electric hand mixer whisk to make the foam. I stopped whisking once the bubbles stopped growing.
I tried using a normal whisk or blender first but it did not work.
I tried bubble foam with K once before but he didn’t touch it. At. All. He was a bit more interested this time and liked taking the farm animals and mega blocks out of the foam. However, I think this is another sensory activity we will have to do a few times before he gets used to it.
Green Water Play
If you’ve read some of my 13 month old activities posts, you will know that K can’t get enough of water play. Our colour theme for water play this week was green. I added water with a bit of green food colouring to an underbed storage container. (My go-to for water play activities!). Then I added in some foam shapes I made using foam sheets and a craft hole punch. Lids,
Instead of rotating toys on a shelf, I set up a few busy baskets for K each week. I put these around the house and can easily take them into the garden if needed. For this week’s busy baskets I left out our DIY puzzle face on the fridge from last week’s activity and the farm posting box activity from earlier in the week. I also set out K’s fine motor apple lacing toy.
DIY Puzzle Face
K is still interested in taking the individual pieces off the fridge and listens when I tell him the names of the different parts of the face.
Fine Motor Lacing Apple
K really enjoys putting objects into things at the moment and this toy builds on that interest. He enjoys putting the worm through the hole and turns the apple over to find the worm on the other side.
The most popular 14 month old baby activity this week was the farmyard posting box. K loved it so much, I will keep it out in our busy baskets for next week. He also really liked his fine motor lacing toy.
Next week we have more water and messy play activities planned, so be sure to check back.