14 Month Old Activities For Busy Toddlers
How do you keep your 14 month old occupied at home? This month I planned out an activity a day to keep my little one busy (K). It motivates me, adds variety to the days and ensures we spend a bit of quality time together every day.
Our activities this week were:
- Learning parts of the face
- Face portrait drawing
- Making cheese crackers
- Shredded paper tuff tray
- Colour themed water play
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Learning Parts of the Face
This week I wanted to teach K the different parts of the face. So I made a fridge magnet of his face. K spends a lot of time playing with the magnets on the fridge, so I knew this would interest him.
To make the magnets I cut the photo into strips and used a laminator. I then added magnetic tape to the back. I sat beside him and named the parts of the face. I also put the puzzle together to show him the picture of his whole face.
Whilst making the magnets I also made some picture and word cards for K. I’m aiming to use these over the next few weeks before adding more. I’m hoping he will use these to communicate his needs/wants.
I tried making the magnets using magnetic photo paper. But I found that lots of the ink came off, even when I had given it plenty of time to dry!
I’ve been giving K lots of opportunities to use crayons recently. This week I gave him a photo of himself to draw on.
I put a black and white filter on the photo before printing it out, which helped K to easily see the marks he had made. Printing a big image of him on A4 paper, gave him lots of space to draw and using a dry erase pocket meant I could wipe it clean and use the photo again. It also meant I didn’t have to laminate it.
I started baking with K last month and we’ve been making something every Wednesday since. He absolutely loves it and really tries to get involved.
Our learning tower and a shallow, plastic tray are my go-to resources when baking with my toddler. Giving K a big spoon to hold and try and mix has also been a winner recently too.
This week we tried a savoury cheese and chia seed cracker recipe.
The recipe instructs you to mix the ingredients together using a blender. But I used my hands so that K could get involved. However, all he wanted to do was use the spoon! He did love trying to use the cutters though and was very interested in the rolling pin!
Shredded paper tuff tray
Adding shredded paper to out tuff tray was another 14 month old activity we did this week. It was super simple to set up and I added in containers and hid items to interest K.
It was a hot day outside when I set this up and the tuff tray got very hot. So, in the end, I added the shredded paper to an under-bed storage container instead. This still meant K could play, it just meant he had to dig down a bit further to find the objects.
Colour Themed Water Play
The final activity we did involved water. This colour themed water play was an easy way to introduce my little one to the colour red.
I used a clear plastic container, filled it with water and then mixed in red food colouring.
After I had coloured the water, I added in anything red I could find (playballs, stickle bricks, a cup etc.), as well as red ice cubes (using my silicone moulds) I had made the night before.
It was another hot week here in the UK, so I tried to put together some busy baskets K would use outdoors as well as inside. I kept out the stickle bricks basket from last week but placed it in the hallway.
Our other busy baskets included a dinosaur posting game, Squigz tray and a free the bottle lids mini activity.
Dinosaur Posting Game
Our Vtech dinosaur has round pieces that you can post into his mouth to feed him. He also has a light at the top and buttons too. K loves posting and one of the good things about this toy is that he can use it with or without batteries.
We haven’t used our Squigz in a while, so I thought I’d get them out this week. These little suckers stick to almost anything. They’re awesome for developing fine motor skills and older kids can build things with them too.
Adding a small amount of water made it harder for K to pull them off.
Free the Bottle Lids
If you’ve read some of my other blog posts, you will know that K loves bottle lids. Using things he’s interested in is a great way to encourage him to try a new activity. So this week I taped the bottle lids down for him to try and free them. I found that masking tape wasn’t strong enough. But sellotape worked well and meant he had to work a bit harder!
I hope you have enjoyed reading about our 14 month old activities.
As always, water play was a winning activity. We are lucky the weather has been so lovely here in the UK. But one of the good things about water play is that it can be done in the bath when it’s gloomy or rainy outside.
Next week we have a stamping arts and crafts activity, yellow water play and ooze sensory play planned, so make sure to check back!