Learning & Fun Activities For Kids ( 1 to 1.5 year olds)

We all have heard the proverb The Child is the Father of the Man”, which appears in the famous poem of William Wordsworth, written in the eighteenth century. The poem is titled as “My Heart Leaps Up” and also known as “The Rainbow”. Here are the lyrics of the poem:

My Heart Leaps Up

My heart leaps up when I behold

A rainbow in the sky:

So was it when my life began;

So is it now I am a man;

So be it when I shall grow old,

Or let me die!

The Child is the father of the Man;

And I could wish my days to be

Bound each to each by natural piety.

One of the dominant interpretations of this phrase is that a man is the product of his habits and behaviour developed in childhood. It simply means that what you become as an adult is determined by what you experience as a child. That is to say that the way you are brought up determines what you become as an adult.

The positive and life nurturing impressions that got deeply imprinted in our minds when we were small kids remain with us forever. And so, does, the bad experiences!

How does early childhood play shape one’s adulthood?

Children are curious learners from the moment they are born. They want to learn about and understand their world. As explained in our earlier blog importance of early childhood education”:

  • During the first six years of life children’s brains develops faster than at any other time of life. Children’s early life experiences shape how their brains develop.
  • Children’s early childhood learning sets the stage for school success. Good early experiences help a child’s brain develop well. The more work the brain does, the more it is capable of doing.
  • When children play, their brains work hard. Playing is how children learn. Play comes naturally to children. They play during daily routines. They play during learning experiences you provide.

Read our blog “Role of Play in Early Childhood” to understand the importance of play in early childhood and it’s profound influence in shaping up the adult life.

Activities for Kids: Activities for One and Half (1.5) Years Old Infants

We have focused on the activities for your kids, which broadly enhance the following in your child: social awareness, language and communication skills, cognitive development, sensory motor skills, and creative development. Activities are organized by the goals they support.

There are many ways in which you can help children learn & develop without using any material. For example, your infant would love listening to your stories, making up silly rhymes and rhyming words etc. The point we want to make is don’t stop yourself from engaging your child in an activity, even if you don’t have a particular material. Instead, try to figure out other alternative creative methods to achieve the same and feel free to share them with us in our comments section.

These actives have also been recommended by the United Nations Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF), a United Nations Program. UNICEF has some remarkable achievements in the field of nutrition, education, sanitation and hygiene for children.

Activities for babies under One and a Half (1.5) Years Old
1. Introduce Board & Chain Puzzles to Your Kid

Your Responsibility as Parent

Place the individual puzzle pieces in front of the baby. Let the infant explore how to identify and scan the puzzle piece and the outline of the hole where it belongs.

  • Taking the puzzle pieces out will be the first skill that infant will master quickly. Banging the puzzle pieces together or on the floor will also make her happy because it makes a lot of noise, which infants love.
  • Observe how the infant matches the picture of the puzzle piece and the hole where it belongs.
  • Hide one of the puzzle pieces under a cloth. Talk about what you are doing. Ask the baby to find it. She will have fun lifting the cloth and showing you how much she knows!
  • Put the puzzle together as the baby watches. • Make up a story about the puzzle. Does it look like a boat? or a bird? Where is it going?
  • Encourage your child to focus on the colours and shapes of the puzzle.
What does the child learn
  • Your child learns to use its eyes to help them reach and grab for objects. So, puzzle pieces with different colors, shapes and size are particularly good for improving this brain-eye coordination.
  • Your kid will enjoy finding the hidden object while also learning that an object exists even when it is out of its sight (object permanence) and which will reduce separation anxieties in her.  
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2. Introduce Board Books to your Kid

Your Responsibility as Parent
  • Use the books for storytelling and talk to your child as much as you can.  
  • Talk about the pictures your kid sees in the book. Help her turn the pages. As you look at the pictures along with your kid, ask her what can she see. For example: “What do you think comes next? Can you turn the page and see?”.
What does the child learn
  • Storytelling will increase the curiosity, creativity and imagination power of your child.
  • While your kid tries to turn the pages of the book, it will also sharper his fine motor skills and hand-eye-brain coordination.
3. Use Sponge Balls to Play with your Kid
Your Responsibility as Parent
  • Roll a ball to your little one. Let her observe how the ball rolls on the floor and allow her to touch and hold the ball.
  • Your kid will enjoy the touch and feel of balls of different textures. This will help her move and improve her gross motor skills.
What does the child learn
  • Control in handling the ball and things.
  • Develop their sense of curiosity.
  • Your child would also try to interact with you using speech sound.
4. Play Using Shape Sorter Toys
Your Responsibility as Parent
  • Introduce your kid to shape sorter toys. Let your kid discover how to open the box. Empty the box of the shape sorter and ask her to refill it.
  • Talk to her of the different colours & shapes of every piece and let them play with it independently.  
What does the child learn
  • It Improves hand-eye coordination.
  • Increased control in handling objects as it strengthens fine motor skills.
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5. Use Paper and Crayons

Your Responsibility as Parent
  • Cut some shapes of different sizes (e.g., squares, circles, triangles) from the coloured papers.
  • Punch a hole in each piece and string a ribbon through the hole. Hang every piece such that your kid can watch them swing.
  • Talk about the colours and shapes of every piece as she watches them move.
What does the child learn
  • It develops a sense of curiosity.
  • She will try to touch and catch or pull the pieces using her hands and legs which will again develop their fine motor (small muscles like fingers) as well as gross motors (large muscles like a leg) skills.
6. Use Stringing Beads

Your Responsibility as Parent
  • Put beads of different sizes and colors on the ends of several strings. Tie the strings tightly to keep the beads from coming off.
  • Lay one end of the strings out in front of your kid. Show her how to pull the string, so that the beads move toward her. Ask her to hold and pull or swing the string, while talking with her about what she is doing.
What does the child learn
  • As your kid tries to catch or pull the objects hanging on top of their head sense of curiosity will grip your child.
  • Your kid will also express her happiness, smile and make sounds using her mouth.
7. Use Puppets Play with Your Kid
Your Responsibility as Parent
  • Puppet play offers an ideal opportunity to encourage your child to indulge into pretend play activities.  
  • Put a puppet on your hand and make it talk to your child. Try to use different voices as you make the puppet talk to her. Have the puppet tell your little one about itself.
  • Allow your kid to touch the puppet while it talks and try to engage in a dialogue. Also, let her play with the puppet independently.
  • Try to laugh a lot and have fun.  
What does the child learn
  • This is the best way to kick start the make-believe activities (dramatic play) in your kid which plays crucial role in developing a child’s capacity for cognitive flexibility and, ultimately, creativity.
8.Stacking and Sorting blocks

Your Responsibility as Parent
  • Put one block on the floor or table and stack another on top it, as your kid watches. Give her another block to stack.
  • Talk to her about what are you both doing.
  • Give her time to explore and stack the blocks independently.
What does the child learn
  • Stacking the one block over another will make your infant curious about balance and symmetry.
  • Your Baby will also be happy to see you doing something new.

We hope these learning activities will help to stimulate your infant’s eager mind and entice curiosity in her while also having fun along with you.

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