If you’ve ever caught yourself wondering what to do with your baby, you’re going to love this blog post! I’ll be sharing some simple play ideas for babies that are 10 months old.
This month I’m sharing some photos from each of our children during their 10th month! Each one was at a different development phase so it will give you a good idea of the broad scope of abilities that our babies can have even at the same age. Let’s get stuck into the play ideas!
Audrey has just began starting to post objects into holes. We have a Montessori Object Permanence Box which she loves but we also made our own DIY posting box this month!
We just cut a hole in the top of a gift box and then used Washi Tape to seal the edges and strengthen the hole. Then we just added a few of Audrey’s plastic ball pit balls for her to post into the hole. I’d recommend using tape to secure the lid on because Audrey kept trying to pull it off!
This was a wonderful way to encourage her to develop her hand-eye coordination. It takes a lot of skill and coordination to reach across and drop the ball in the hole!
Next is a really fun activity for the warmer Summer months! I dyed some water blue with food colouring and poured it into a fish mold which I got at IKEA or Amazon*. Once frozen, I added the fish ice-cubes to a sandwich bag for Lilly to explore when she was a baby!
The sandwich bag ensured that she couldn’t get the ice-cubes into her mouth but it still allowed her to explore the cool temperature of the fish.
When Elliot was a baby, we were doing lots of small world play which his big sister. I decided to try a farm themed small world with Elliot just shy of his first birthday.
My mum had some hay so I grabbed a tub of that and just added a few of his Little People farm animals*. This was the perfect introduction to small world play! I even added a few little farm picture books so we could start building his vocabulary as we played.
You’ll also notice I use an old bed sheet to catch any sensory play spills. This makes sensory play much easier!
Last but not least is this super easy sensory tub. I grabbed a few packets of sponges from Coles when I did groceries and then cut them into finger sized lengths. Then I added them to a tray of cool water ready to explore outside!
This was such a simple sensory tub but it was so loved! Elliot loved squeezing the sponges which was a wonderful way to work those fine motor skills and strengthen the muscles in his hand while he played!
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!
And if you’d like some more simple sensory play ideas, check out my Sensory Play book! It’s full of quick and easy play ideas for babies and toddlers.
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.