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Easy Low-Prep Activities for a 1 Year Old
With Summer here and the beginning of my Stay at Home journey I began searching the internet for fun, easy activities for a toddler. However, I quickly discovered that most of the activities I found were geared more towards a 2 year old and up. I have a very active 15 month old and, although we are working on learning colors and shapes, he just isn’t ready for an independent color matching activity yet. I needed activities that he could do on his own so I could cook dinner, do dishes, pay taxes, sit in peace for 5 minutes…
Things I look for when finding a 1 year old activity
- age and skill level appropriate
- uses supplies I already have around the house
- easy, quick set up
- good chance it will keep my 1 year old’s attention for more than 5 minutes
- not a lot of clean up required
I’ve searched the internet for easy 1 year old activities to share with you.
You’re going to love the activities I have found! They are easy to set up and will keep your child’s attention for enough time for you to get a quick chore done (or at least have 5 minutes of quiet time).
My 14 favorite 1 year old approved activities
These ladies have done an awesome job coming up with entertaining activities for their little ones and I’m so excited I found their sites. Have fun clicking through, I hope you enjoy them as much as I do.
* Some of these activities do have a choking hazard. Be sure to use caution, if your child will put small items in their mouth please choose a new activity.
Simple Entertainment: Sensory Bottles – Mama Smiles
Baby Play with Rice and Cookie Cutters – Simple Play for Kids
Impromptu Drum Circle – Mama.Papa.Bubba
CD Stacking – Fine Motor Skills – Adventures and Play
Nuts and Bolts Busy Bag – Preschool Powel Packets
Painting with Water – Tales of a Teacher Mom
Mess Free Car Painting – Toddler Approved
Ice Painting Activity for Kids – Laughing Kids Learn
Sensory Play – Rainbow Bottles/Music Shakers – Kids Craft Room
Baby Play: Circles Treasure Basket – The Imagination Tree
Ball and Tube Play – Octavia & Vicky
Sticky Ball Activity for Babies and Toddlers – Laughing Kids Learn
Cheerios Fine Motor Snack for Toddlers – Living Life and Learning
Ridiculously Simple Activity to Keep Toddler Busy – School Time Snippets
Which activity is your 1 year old’s new favorite?