I’m a little behind in my Baby Play series! Our whole house has had an awful run of sickness over the last 2 months so we haven’t been doing a lot of planned play with any of the kids!
So for this 7 month baby play post, I’m going back to my archives and sharing some photos from when Lilly and Elliot were 7 months old instead!
Before I start, please remember that you are your child’s most favourite thing to play with! Sometimes the days can feel so long so here are a few quick and easy sensory play activities to try with your 7 month old!
One of my most memorable baby play activities was a beautiful collaborative artwork between Lilly (2.5 years) and Elliot (7 months). It resulted in the most beautiful artwork and some gorgeous photos that make me smile every single time I look at them. Just look at Elliot’s sweet little face!
I squirted two complimentary colours into an old plastic container for Lilly and put the paint directly onto the canvas for baby Elliot. I typically use either the Crayola brand kids paint or non-toxic acrylic paints when i paint with young children.
Around 6 to 7 months of age, babies are typically starting to explore food for the first time! This is a great chance to offer some food-based sensory play tubs because babies love to explore with their mouths!
I love water beads but they can be very dangerous for babies or toddlers that are mouthing. So I often use Tapioca Pearls as an edible option! Just follow the instructions on the packet and add a few drops of food dye to colour them!
Another favourite sensory play activity for this age bracket are sensory bags! We have done so many over the years but one of my personal favourites was a bag of ice! This one is perfect for those warmer Summer months and is a wonderful way to start building an understanding of cause and effect – “If I touch this bag with my hand, it will feel cold!”
Another favourite was a simple bag of dyed water and baby oil! I did maybe 1/4 cup of water with a drop of green food dye and then topped the bag up with clear baby oil. But I quickly learnt my lesson with this one because sharp baby nails can pierce the bags very easily. I’d suggest either double bagging or using a laminating pouch like I did in our 6 month baby play post.
Finally, my favourite sensory play activity for babies that are starting solids and exploring foods with their mouths…edible paints!
We’ve always done baby-lead weaning but my Nana would often buy us baby rice cereal. I hated the thought of throwing them out so I decided to make them but add some food dye. It turns out that they make the most amazing edible paint! You can also use yoghurt if there are no allergies.
You can’t keep the paintings but you can definitely take lots of photos which I promise you’ll treasure for a lifetime! We’ve done this with both Lilly and Elliot at 6-7 months of age and I can’t wait to try it with Audrey too!
As always, I hope you’ve found some inspiration for playing with your 7 month old this month! You may have noticed that at this age, we do lots and lots of sensory play! After all, this is how our littlest ones start to make sense of the world around them.
If you’re looking for more simple sensory play ideas, I’d love for you to check out my eBook!
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