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45 Daily Activities to Do with a PreToddler (12-18mos)

What are some daily activities I can do with my pre-toddler (ages 12-18  months)?

I wake up with my coffee and think to myself, “What should I do with my boy today?” What activities do we have available to do with my 12 month old pre-toddler? Then I realized I should ask YOU GUYS what you do with your pre-toddlers and compiled some great responses.

If I am being honest, there have been times when I twiddle my thumbs trying to think of things to do with my 12 month old boy. I tend to be the obsessive kind who is always checking to see if I’m “stimulating” his development appropriately and all that nonsense. Thank God for my patient husband who is there to humor me when I get this great idea to model rubbing my tummy and patting my head and recording my singing voice so Bubby can hear it when I’m not there. OK, maybe I don’t go that far…or do I? But nevertheless, I needed a simple, basic list to reference for our daily schedule at home and it dawned on my that I should just write down what we like to do and post them in the house. Then, anytime Husband or I or a sitter need a quick idea, BAM we got one. We have plenty of blank space too so we can add more as he grows.

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I am sure I will make another one as he gets older and his abilities change, but for the short season of pre-toddlerhood, this list works just dandy in our house. Feel free to print this off for your household or Pin it for later!

I would LOVE to hear other ideas from you guys so give a shout out in the comments. 


PRINT THE LIST HERE. You can see the printable form below to see if it’s something you should have around the house. Cheers!

*Go to the pool.
*Play make believe with stuffed animals
*Walk on some trails nearby.
*Blow bubbles.
*Play-doh!
*Look at books.
*Go for a walk.
*Go to the park.
*Sidewalk chalk.
*Pack a picnic lunch in the park.
*Picnic in the backyard!
*Play in the water outside.
*Sing songs. Clap with baby. Act them out with baby. Raffi is my fav πŸ˜‰
*Go to the local library.
*Rec classes for babies.
*Sort blocks.
*Stack cups.
*Use non-perishable food for sensory activity bin (beans, pasta, etc).
*Flour in a bowl for sensory fun!
*Play hide and seek.
*Put clothes in the basket and take them out, repeat.
*Rotate favorite toys to keep them favorites!
*Play with any of these favorite toys OUTSIDE!!!!
*Play in the grass! Feel the leaves and trees!
*Pull baby around on carpet in laundry basket.
*Bring the pool into the bathtub on the rainy days!
*Pick baby’s favorite book, make your own cut outs and act it out. Or just act it out!!
*Make a pillow fort!
*Play with puzzles. Chunky puzzles are the best for little’s  hands!
*Crunch alllll the paper!
*Organize toys.
*Color.
*Make an obstacle course in the house.
*Make cookies.
*Play Dates!
*Play peek a boo.
*Did I mention dancing???*Stickers are fun!
*Roll a ball back and forth.
*Finger paint.
*Race cars in the kitchen. (These ones with lights are pretty awesome!)
*Bouncy balls on the floor.
*Sort craft pom poms in muffin pan..
*Sort anything, anywhere!
*Build with blocks.

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  • Justine Y

    Play-doh is such a great one! I know that it will keep my kids entertained for a LONG time! I know my kids have always loved playing with pots and pans from the kitchen too. πŸ™‚

  • Melissa

    Thank you for providing so many ideas! I definitely won’t run out for a while!

  • Bree

    Such a great list. I have a 1yr old and an almost 4 year old. There are activities in here that my girls can do together as well.

  • Julie McLelland

    This is an awesome list! I have a 5 and 3 year old and a 6 month old, so I’ll be needing this list to reference soon enough. With their attention span, you could probably do these all in one day! lol

    • Gloryanna

      Soooo true about the attention span and one day! Hope this list helps!!

  • Great list! We did a lot of finger painting, cloud dough, and making music with both toy instruments and everyday household objects (pots, plastic food containers, etc).

    • Gloryanna

      YES! This is why I love more ideas! Duh–pots and pans music is the best πŸ˜‰

  • Ashley Freligh

    Great ideas! We have a dance party often!

    • Gloryanna

      Thanks! Dance parties are easy and quick to do on the fly!

  • Candy Kage

    Keeping and sharing this with my daughter who has a 5, 3 and 9 month old. This will help tons.

    • Gloryanna

      Yah! I hope it is handy for her!

  • TheBippityBoppityMom

    This is such a great list! My son is almost 3 now but I remember that awkward age where your not quite sure what to do with them! This would have been great to have!! Great job, love it ❀️

    • Gloryanna

      Hey! Thanks! Also, I love the BippityBoppity you got going on here ☺️

  • Jess M

    Can’t believe my youngest is almost to the pretoddler phase–love these suggestions for remembering to incorporate fun specifically for her into the day!

    • Gloryanna

      I can so easily forget the fun! It goes so fast, doesn’t it?!?

  • Amanda Kanashiro

    Love this! As a former teacher I have been going crazy trying to make sure my soon to be 18 month old is being intellectually stimulated… I even started making lesson plans. Going to have to share this with my mom friends!

    • Gloryanna

      I KNOW EXACTLY what you mean!! I go a little cuckoo so I like having a solid list of fun, easy go-tos! Thanks for sharing!

  • Marisa Ulrich

    All awesome thoughts. When mine were this age and when I taught this age group, they loved many of these. If you like messy, they also adored whipped cream play ( a good, edible alternative to shaving cream). We also loved putting on some good tunes and having a dance party. πŸ™‚

    • Gloryanna

      Thank you, ma’am. Dancy party? YES! It’s kind of funny, Asher isn’t into messy at this point. I am assuming this will change, but who knows. His daddy doesn’t like to get messy, so maybe that will carry over?!?