I love play time with my almost 10 month old, 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 GamesWithBaby.com with a few games Little Bean and I made up ourselves mixed in.
1. Tower stacks
You build them up, he knocks them down. Soon he’ll be building them up and knocking them down! Click here for more information.
2. 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. Click here for more information.
3. 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. Click here for more information.
4. Goody box
Place varied items and small toys in a shoe or gift box. Let your baby open the box and explore the contents. Click here for more information.
Even though baby may not understand, read books out loud and ask questions about the story. Point to pictures and familiarize him/her with books in general. Click here for more information.
6. Magic scarf box
Fill an empty tissue box with colorful scarfs that are all tied together. Encourage baby to pull them out. Click here for more information.
7. 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!
8. Singing 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 goofballs.
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. Click here for more information.
10. Crawl and chase
Place your baby on the floor in a crawling position and say, “I’m gonna get you!” Then crawl towards him and tickle or kiss. Repeat. Click here for more information.
11. Hand over hand
I still play this with my 6 year old. Lay your hand palm down on the table, place baby’s hand on top, then yours, then theirs. Pull your hand from the bottom and place on top. Repeat until giggles stop. Click here for more information.
12. 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. Click here for more information.
13. Baby blanket ride
It’s exactly what you think it is. Place your baby on a small blanket and take him for a ride! Click here for more information.
14. Gotcha nose! Gotcha ear!
“Pretend” to steal baby’s nose and put it on your own face. 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!
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.