50 Educational Activities To Do with Babies

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*This post “50 Educational Activities To Do With Your 6-12 Month Baby” was originally published on Fort Worth Moms Blog September 16, 2013. It may contain affiliate links, which means I may receive a commission, at no extra cost to you, if you make a purchase through a link. This post is for general information and educational purposes only. Please see the Disclosures & Disclaimers page for further information.

SCHOOL FOR BABIES?

It’s never too early to start teaching your kids—but I’m not talking about enrolling them for some prestigious preschool when they’re newborns, I’m talking about cultivating a home where learning comes naturally and doesn’t feel like work.

The more you realize that situations you’re already implementing can be easily made into educational ones, the more likely you are to be intentional in your child’s education.

Studies show that children who are read to at home already have a head start on their peers in kindergarten. As a seasoned teacher, I can tell you it definitely rings true in the classroom.

So let’s see what you can do (or are possibly already doing!) that can foster your child’s education at a young age.

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50 EDUCATIONAL ACTIVITIES FOR BABIES

Here are 50 ideas for breaking up the monotony of everyday life while also working on your baby’s developmental skills. Write the following activities on Popsicle sticks, using separate colors for “AT HOME” and “AWAY FROM HOME”. Have your baby pick one out of a bucket each day for a fun surprise!

Educational activities for babies

COGNITIVE DEVELOPMENT

AT HOME:

1. Blow bubbles
2. Play “chase the flashlight”
3. Make rattles out of beans and bottles
4. Turn the light switches on and off
5. Stack and knock down bowls
6. Touch the plants outside
7. Mix dish soap and food color in a bag
8. Race toy cars on homemade ramps
9. Wind and unwind a ribbon 

AWAY FROM HOME:

10. Look at pictures in an art museum

Educational activities for babies

SPEECH AND LANGUAGE DEVELOPMENT

AT HOME:

11. Put on a puppet show
12. Sing songs with hand movements
13. Name the people in family photos
14. Practice baby sign language
15. Make silly noises to repeat or laugh at
16. Take a bath and learn body parts

AWAY FROM HOME:

17. Go out to a movie theater
18. Visit a farmer’s market and name the produce
19. Describe what you see at the park
20. Check out books at the library

Educational activities for babies

SOCIAL AND EMOTIONAL DEVELOPMENT

AT HOME:

21. Play with your pets
22. Video chat with a relative

AWAY FROM HOME:

23. Surprise daddy/mommy at work
24. Eat out at a restaurant
25. Hang out with a friend
26. Watch dogs at a dog park
27. Go to the zoo
28. Feed ducks at a pond
29. Visit an aquarium
30. Shop at the mall

Educational Activities for Babies

FINE MOTOR SKILL DEVELOPMENT

AT HOME:

31. Eat snacks on a blanket outside
32. Squeeze sponges in water
33. Wrap and unwrap a toy
34. Bang on pots and pans
35. Play with fresh spaghetti noodles
36. Assemble a tower together
37. Float flowers in water to grab

AWAY FROM HOME:

38. Play with stir stick at a coffee shop
39. Let your baby choose toys at a dollar store
40. Swing at the playground

Educational Activities for Babies

GROSS MOTOR SKILL DEVELOPMENT

AT HOME:

41. Help your baby push a laundry basket
42. Make a tunnel to crawl through
43. Climb on a pile of pillows
44. Create an obstacle course to walk around
45. Dance to music
46. Play hide and seek
47. Build a fort to crawl in

AWAY FROM HOME:

48. Swim at the pool
49. Visit botanical gardens and pull up on benches
50. Have a picnic at the park to practice sitting up


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I hope you found a few educational activities for babies that you’d like to try right away! First time parent? Read my post on Advice for New Moms. Seasoned mom? Try out Slowing Down to Play.

Also check out the rest of my Education Series here:

  1. 50 Educational Activities To Do With Babies
  2. How to Set Up a Remote Learning Classroom at Home
  3. Toddler School: Learn a Letter a Week
  4. Preschool Curriculum for the Stay at Home Mom
  5. My Big List of Fun Educational Websites
  6. More coming soon!

Look at you mama! You’ve got this!

8 comments

  1. Such great cute ideas you have here! I agree as an educator that early childhood learning is critical and the earlier you start the more benefits you see in the long run. Thanks for sharing

  2. These ideas are all fantastic early learning experiences for kids! I like how you divided each list into at home and out of the house activities too!

  3. These are great ideas! My kids got a lot out of watching me do things while talking about what I was doing. As babies they usually acted very interested in whatever was going on, so I would chatter on about, “Should we buy this spaghetti sauce with more Vitamin C, or this one with more fiber?” or whatever, and of course they didn’t remember every detail, but when they started talking and “helping” I could see that they had picked up some general ideas like we study labels when deciding what to buy, we rub the dishcloth on all surfaces of the dish, etc. And all that talking helped to build vocabulary!

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