15 Activities to Play with Your 9-12 Month Old

I got his nose! See it? :)

I love play time with my almost 10 month old (omg he’s almost 10 months!) but sometimes I’m at a loss as to what we can do together. Overall he’s easily amused. A few blocks, a ball and maybe a racetrack is really all he needs to have a little fun, but I like to find things we can do together. Here’s nice list I found on with a few games Little Bean and I made up ourselves mixed in.

  • Tower Stacks 1 of 15
    Tower Stacks
    You build them up, he knocks them down. Soon he'll be building them up and knocking them down!
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  • Stick’ Em 2 of 15
    Stick' Em
    Using masking tape, or velcro strips, stick some of the baby's toys to the ground (hard floors work best.) Then pretend like the item is stuck and you need their help. Your baby can then work at unsticking the stuck toy.
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  • Obstacle Course 3 of 15
    Obstacle Course
    Create an obstacle course for your baby to navigate using solid objects (chairs, couches, large boxes) they just can't run over or move out of the way. Don't forgot to add some things he can climb over like pillows or low solid boxes.
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    Picture from: A Teacher at Heart (Great example of one too!)
  • Goody Box 4 of 15
    Goody Box
    Place varies items and small toys in a shoe or gift box. Let your baby open the box and explore the contents.
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  • Reading 5 of 15
    Even though baby may not understand read, books out loud and ask questions about the story. Point to picture and familiarize him/her with book in general.
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  • Magic Scarf Box 6 of 15
    Magic Scarf Box
    Fill an empty tissue box with colorful scarfs that are all tied together. Encourage baby to pull them out.
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    Picture from: MamaMayIBlog
  • Hidden Music 7 of 15
    Hidden Music
    Turn on one of the baby's toys that makes music and hide it under a sheet or behind something. Then ask your child to find it. A mobile base works great for this!
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    Picture from: Amazon listing of Fisher-Price Brilliant Basics 2-in-1 Activity Friends Mobile (the one we have)
  • Signing and Dancing 8 of 15
    Signing and Dancing
    This is my favorite thing to do with baby. They say to use baby music but I just blast my favorites and we dance around like goof balls.
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  • Copycat 9 of 15
    Copy what your baby is doing or try to get your baby to copy you. Open your mouth, touch your ear, wave, nod, any simple movement can work.
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  • Crawl and Chase 10 of 15
    Crawl and Chase
    Place your baby on the floor in a crawling position and say "I'm gonnna get you." Then crawl towards him and tickle or kiss. Repeat.
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    Picture from: Doesn't that baby look ready to get chased! :)
  • Hand Over Hand 11 of 15
    Hand Over Hand
    I still play this with my 6 year old. Lay your hand palm down on the table, place babies hand on top, then your, then theirs. Pull your hand from the bottom and place on top. Repeat until giggles stop.
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    Picture from: KatieMommy
  • Riding Toys and Walkers 12 of 15
    Riding Toys and Walkers
    Now that Little Bean is 9 months he loves to walk and sit on things. Let baby take your fingers or help him on an assisted walker and show him how mobile he can be.
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  • Baby Blanket Ride 13 of 15
    Baby Blanket Ride
    It's exactly what you think it is. Place your baby on a small blanket and take him for a ride!
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  • Gotcya Nose, Gotcya Ear, Gotcya… 14 of 15
    Gotcya Nose, Gotcya Ear, Gotcya...
    Ok, so it's cheesy. You "pretend" to steal baby's nose and put it on your own face, but I'll tell you what, it CRACKS up my 9 month old. I've moved well past the nose and use it to try and teach body parts by "stealing" ears, hands, knees, and legs. He loves it!
  • Pick Up Game 15 of 15
    Pick Up Game
    Little Bean made this one up. While sitting on my lap he drops a toy. Instead of picking it up for him I lower him down and let him pick it for himself. He totally gets a kick out of it.


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