I can hardly believe that another month has passed by with our little Audrey. This will be our last baby play series blog post BUT never fear, I’ll be continuing the monthly play inspiration with a new toddler play series!
This month we have continued on with lots of posting and sensory play. Let’s get stuck into the play ideas for Audrey’s 14th month!
Now that Audrey is learning to walk, we’ve been able to explore the garden with her some more. We have really bad green ants in our lawn so she would often get bitten on the knees when we played outside. She hasn’t been able to join in on outside play nearly as often as I would have liked.
Well now that she’s toddling, we headed outside with her brand new shoes and she finally got to play in the mud kitchen alongside her big brother and sister. She loved exploring all the exciting textures and splashing in the water.
Audrey has finally been discharged from her Speech Therapist because her oral skills are right where they need to be! This means she’s eating finger foods like other 14 month old babies would be eating. She has developed a preference for little foods that she can pick up using her pincer grip…so peas and corn have become a favourite!
I set up this little frozen pea invitation on a hot day! I added some frozen peas from the freezer with a few bowls and spoons. Not only did she love eating the peas while she played, she also explored scooping and pouring as she played.
The older kids have a magnetic whiteboard set up in the living room and Audrey has loved exploring it with her older siblings. I decided to set up a little magnetic invitation for her in the play room so she could come back to it over and over.
I added a few little magnets to a cookie sheet from our play kitchen props. The magnets stick to the cookie sheet making it the perfect little invitation for road trips too. You could extend this activity by taking a photo of the magnets and then sticking the photo to the cookie sheet so your little learner can match the magnets to the photos as well!
I also set up a little posting activity for Audrey this month using an old herb shaker and some matchsticks. I remember doing this with our older children when they were toddlers so I thought this one would be a little tricky for Audrey. I held the container steady for her and she did an amazing job!
This invitation is really good for developing her fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination while she plays. We might try posting some cotton tips into the hole as well. This little activity would be perfect to pop into your bag to take out and about for those times when you need to entertain little hands.
I hope you’ve found some inspiration here in this blog post! As always, I love seeing what you get up to with your little learners to be sure to tag me on Instagram @littlelifelonglearners and use the #LittleLifelongLearners hashtag on your photos