Friday, November 9, 2012

Independent Activities for 1 Year Olds

The Beans will be 12 months old at the end of this month and he is becoming more and more independent in his play. He loves to play with me and with Busy, but he also really enjoys his time playing alone. With the help of this blog and this blog, I decided to compile a short list of things that 1 year olds (or the almost 1 year old) can do on his own, assuming his sister will let him.

1. Treasure Basket - Fill a basket or bowl with ribbons, big shells, shaker bottles, socks, fabric flowers and other things that are interesting to touch (and taste).

2. Fabric Stuffed Box - I used an empty baby wipes box and cut the top a little (he doesn't like the "claw" opening) then filled it with all sizes, shapes and patterns of fabric. He can pull them out then put them back in again and again.

3. Muffin Tin Sorting - You can use the tubes of paper towels for this one. Just cut them in to smaller sections and he can sort the rolls into the bowls of the muffin tin. Keep in mind that you may have to replace the rolls often because they end up in the mouth and get mushy when wet.

4. Cookie Sheet Magnet Board - I use a different cookie sheet every time to keep in interesting. You can use a round one, a rectangle one, a bunt pan or a muffin tin. I also switch up the magnets he uses. Sometimes he uses foam letter magnets or 3D letter magnets and some times he uses plain picture magnets.

5. Large Legos - This is one of his favorite things to play with! His favorite thing to do with them is "together/apart." Busy puts them together then Beans takes them apart.

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