Baby Play Ideas and Activities: 6-18 Months

Looking for ideas for baby play? Tired of everything being geared towards preschoolers? Here are 20 fantastic ways to play with your 6-18 month old baby, all rich in sensory exploration and promoting developing thinking skills!

Baby Play activities for 6 to 18 month olds

Why not try:

I hope you have been inspired with some new ways to play with your baby!
*Please remember to NEVER leave a baby unattended with any of these play items and to supervise them carefully during play. Common sense always needs to be applied! *
Since writing this post we have created MANY more Baby Play Ideas so please browse the archives for more inspiration!
Here is a collection of Baby Sensory Play activities to try too!
Come and join us  for daily play ideas on The Imagination Tree Facebook page!


  1. says

    Oh my, a sensory tunnel….I LOVE that idea. Intend to try that out with my 10 month old….I know she will go nuts for it. Thanks for the great idea!

  2. Anonymous says

    Thank you for these great Ideas. I will deffently have to try some of them out here soon.

  3. says

    I have been obsessed with your blog for a few weeks. Im pretty sure my followers on Pinterest are sick of my posting from your blog all the time haha. This post alone i pinned like 6 ideas.

  4. Anonymous says

    Completely agree that some of these items are dangerous! A basket full of metal objects, long ribbons they can get tangled in, and small items they can choke on do not sound like safe baby fun!

    • says

      Did you read the posts or just look at the pictures? I’m CLEARLY not advocating leaving a baby alone with a basket of objects (nor I hope would anyone ever leave their baby alone.) Please read the post first and you will see exactly what I wrote about how to play safely. Thanks

  5. Anonymous says

    Is it alright if I use some of your ideas and pictures for my resource file? It’s a college project. You have a lot of great ideas that I would love to use! :)

  6. says

    Is that a smock/ apron she is wearing in the last pic with the jelly? Where did you get that? We need something like that :]

  7. says

    I am a teacher too, but I usually teach 7 and 8 years olds, so when I had my own baby I was a bit worried that I wouldn’t know what to do with him – but your blog is giving me lots of ideas! He’s only 3 months right now, but already enjoying exploring different textures and materials.

    Many thanks for the inspiration!

  8. Anonymous says

    Love youR page,ideas,motivation and you kids. May God bless them for you. Thank you soo much, and keep up the GREAT work.