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

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 Asher 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 Mike 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.

45 Daily ActivitiesPIN

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. 


You can see the printable form below. Cheers!

*Go to the pool.
*Play make believe with stuffed animals
*Walk on some trails nearby.
*Blow bubbles.
*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.
*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
*Crunch alllll the paper!
*Organize toys.
*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.
*Bouncy balls on the floor.
*Sort craft pom poms in muffin pan..
*Sort anything, anywhere!
*Build with blocks.



My name is Gloryanna and I'm a stay-at-home momma, former teacher, turned blogger. I love hearing stories and sharing stories, especially when they are encouraging. This is a blog about stories and experiences that encourage us in our relationship with Christ and others, no matter what season of life we're going through. Hopefully, you will take away a positive nugget by visiting this blog and maybe laugh a little along the way.
  • 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. 🙂

    • 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?!?