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18 Easy Play Ideas for Kids Ages 9-18 Months

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Infant Care ProgramThe Apple Tree Learning Center has compiled several easy play ideas for 9-18 month olds so that parents have a “go to” resource when they need a quick idea for their young children. Really simple activities that use very few materials because parents usually don’t have very much time.

If you have a child in the 9-18 month age range, check these ideas out and see if any might work for your child. All kids are different and are also at different developmental stages so make sure you only do the activities that your child seems ready for… and then try any others in a few weeks or months. It is amazing how one week kids aren’t interested in something or can’t do it… and the next week all they want to do is that activity and it is easy for them. The Apple Tree Learning Center is constantly evaluating what activities children are ready to explore and implementing new ones as part of the curriculum.

Do some ball and Tube Play
Make a Peek-a-boo Jigsaw
Do some mess free car painting
Drive cars on the WindowInfant Care in Tucson
Make a Sensory bag
Do some dropping and dumping
Create a Water Sensory Bin
Go on a Texture Trip
Put together some soapy sensory jars
Play with cardboard rolls and pom poms
Make a simple obstacle course
Create a treasure basket
Do some destruction art
Build and knock down cup towers
Make some instruments
Create a tugging box
Make a car ramp

Put together rainbow bottles/music shakers
A few other super duper simple ideas brought to you by The Apple Tree Learning Center include…

• pretending to take naps in big sister’s bed (and then waking up… and then “going back to sleep”)
• shooting pom poms down ramps through paper towel rolls
• exploring a pan full of rice crispies using measuring cups… and then crushing them
• making a paper towel roll marble run for marbles, blocks, and pom poms
• opening and closing the spice drawers and building plastic spice bottle towers… and knocking them down
• splashing with hands in a pan of shallow water

In addition, some of these activities are totally fun for siblings to do together or for kids 18 months + so give them a try if you have an older child who you think might like these.