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Posted by Casey

Can you believe another month has passed? Our sweet little Audrey is 10 months old which means she’s nearly one. How did that happen?!

Today I’m sharing some of our favourite play activities from Audrey’s 9th month! We’ve been having some trouble getting her to eat solids so we’ve done lots of taste safe play this month!

Please keep in mind that you are your baby’s favourite thing to play with! Your baby wants nothing more than to sit and play with YOU so please don’t feel like you need to do a lot of clever, crafty activities to amuse your baby. For me, these play experiences are a chance to bond and create memories of play!

My very favourite activity from this month was our silk pull game! I grabbed one of our old wipe containers and just hid one of our Sarah’s Silks* inside, leaving just a piece of the corner poking out the top.

I held the container down and then Audrey pulled the silk out. I’ve been noticing her getting into our wipe packets and pulling them all out one by one so I knew this one would capture here interest!

Baby play ideas for 9 month old babies. Read to find simple activities for your baby for sensory play, DIY games and ideas for your play area. These ideas are perfect for your 1 year old baby too!

We absolutely LOVE the That’s Not My series for babies and toddlers. They include sensory elements for your baby to explore and short, repetitive sentences perfect for developing early reading skills!

We recently got a copy of the new That’s Not My Koala* so I decided to put together a little story basket with the book, a stuffed koala and a sensory bottle with gum leaves and gumnuts.

Baby play ideas for 9 month old babies. Read to find simple activities for your baby for sensory play, DIY games and ideas for your play area. These ideas are perfect for your 1 year old baby too! Story baskets are a wonderful way to encourage early literacy skills with your baby!

I’ve also noticed Audrey is beginning to explore how things move and is constantly throwing toys around the room. This month I set up some little bamboo bowls (from IKEA) with some of our Grapat Nins* for her to explore.

As suspected, she loved grabbing the Nins from the bowl and tossing them out onto the floor. At one point, she was banging the bowls together to see what sound they made. Lots of sensory exploration happened and I could see her little brain ticking away!

Baby play ideas for 9 month old babies. Read to find simple activities for your baby for sensory play, DIY games and ideas for your play area. These ideas are perfect for your 1 year old baby too! Grapat nins are great for transferring skills and fine motor work.

Finally, this month we had a few trips to the beach and Audrey LOVED exploring the sand and the water. She’s definitely a nature lover and adores being outside.

I wanted to take a moment to remind you that it’s okay to keep it simple! There are so many opportunities for incidental sensory play in our own backyards and homes whether it’s feeling the sand beneath their toes at the beach or exploring the bark at a playground. Don’t forget to slow down and explore what’s readily available outside in nature.

I hope you’ve found some new ideas to inspire your play this month! As always, I’d love for you to tag me @littlelifelonglearners and use the #littlelifelonglearners hashtag if you try any of these ideas with your little learners!

Please Note: Supervision is an absolute must with all baby play. Do not leave your baby unattended and always be watching if your baby is exploring something you have created or isn’t originally intended as a baby toy.

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About the author

Casey is an early years teacher turned stay at home mum to three little learners aged 6 and under. She is passionate about supporting parents that want to use play as a vehicle to bond with their little learners and create magical memories of childhood! You can follow Casey on Instagram right here.


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