Fun at Home with Kids

The Ultimate List of Baby Play Ideas

Monday, September 23, 2013

I thought it would be great to compile a ton of the fabulous baby play ideas I've seen in one spot - as well as hopefully introduce you to some great baby (and toddler and preschooler) play bloggers!  For each site you'll see one representative photo, links to that blogger's top five favorite baby play activities, and you'll also find a link to their complete baby play archive.  We've got all the bases covered - lots of great DIY sensory ideas, baby safe sensory bins, even baby friendly paint recipes!  There are so many clever and creative ways to play with babies here - I have so enjoyed seeing the inquisitive and curious looks on all their tiny faces as I compiled this list!

Fun at Home with Kids' five favorite baby play posts are:

You can find ALL of Fun at Home with Kids' baby play posts here.

The Imagination Tree's five favorite baby play posts are:

You can find ALL of The Imagination Tree's baby play posts here.

Learn Play Imagine's five favorite baby play posts are:

You can find ALL of Learn Play Imagine's baby play posts here.

House of Burke's five favorite baby play posts are:

You can find ALL of House of Burke's baby play posts here.

Dirt and Boogers' five favorite baby play posts are:
Baby Water Play (pictured)

You can find ALL of Dirt and Boogers' baby play posts here.

Learn with Play at Home's five favorite baby play posts are:
Baby Box Play (pictured)

You can find ALL of Learn with Play at Home's baby play posts here.

Toddler Approved's five favorite baby play posts are:

You can find ALL of Toddler Approved's baby play posts here.

Paint on the Ceiling

Paint on the Ceiling's five favorite baby play posts are:
Hanging Objects
Textile Treasure Basket
Sensory Water Bag
Fun with Sheets
Rice Bubble Sensory Tub

You can find ALL of Paint on the Ceiling's baby play posts here.

Plain Vanilla Mom's five favorite baby posts are:
Travel Boxes
Pom Pom Sensory Bin
Alphabet Soup: First Sensory Bins
Sensory Bag for Baby

You can find ALL of Plain Vanilla Mom's baby play posts here.

Laughing Kids Learn's five favorite baby play posts are:

You can find ALL of Laughing Kids Learn's baby play posts here.

Childhood 101's five favorite baby play posts are:

You can find ALL of Childhood 101's baby play posts here.

Nurturestore's five favorite baby play posts are:

You can find ALL of Nurturestore's baby play posts here.

Lesson Learnt Journal's five favorite baby play posts are:

You can find ALL of Lesson Learnt Journal's baby play posts here.

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All activities here are activities I feel are safe for my own children.  As your child's parents/guardians, you will need to decide what you feel is safe for your family.  I always encourage contacting your child's pediatrician for guidance if you are not sure about the safety/age appropriateness of an activity. All activities on this blog are intended to be performed with adult supervision.  Appropriate and reasonable caution should be used when activities call for the use of materials that could potentially be harmful, such as scissors, or items that could present a choking risk (small items), or a drowning risk (water activities), and with introducing a new food/ingredient to a child (allergies).  Observe caution and safety at all times.  The author and blog disclaim liability for any damage, mishap, or injury that may occur from engaging in any of these activities on this blog.


  1. Wow! What an awesome list of baby activities. Thank you for putting it all in one spot (and for including us). xo P

    1. Thank you, Pauline! And thank you for your lovely ideas!

  2. FABULOUS round-up, Asia!!! I recently had a commenter ask for baby play ideas - I'll definitely be referring her here. And I look forward to pulling this out when our next one is ready to do more than cry and sleep :)

  3. Excellent resource, Asia!! *Almost* makes me want another baby again! ;)

  4. Awesome list!!!! Thanks for posting :)


  5. Excellent resource. I will be pinning this and will be back looking at it often. What a collection of amazing blogs and ideas! Thanks for letting me share a few!

  6. Such a brilliant resource for parents. So pleased I can be part of it.

  7. Fabulous round up! I like the way it's divided into the different blogs. What a handy compilation. Thanks for include us as well! Pinned! :)

  8. Nice round-up. We just got out of baby phase, but these ideas are really nice! I found that besides things that one needs to do - for the less crafty moms out there- there are many household baby toys one can improvise with :-)

  9. This is wonderful! As a stay-at-home Grammy of a 5 month old and 18 month old, I need all the help I can get. I love your blog and ideas! Thanks!

    1. Thank you, Diane! And hoo boy I bet you have your hands full! A lot of fun and so tiring all at once, I'm sure! :)

  10. Wow Asia, this is brilliant! Such a fabulous resource. Thanks for sharing on my wall. I've pinned this.

  11. Thanks for such a great list!!! My daughter is 12 months and I'm excited to throw some new play ideas into her routine.

    On another note, I wanted to let you know that McAfee flagged your site on my PC as a potential problem when I redirected here from Pinterest. I used to do web design and run my mom's website still, so I always hate seeing great blogs flagged for ridiculous coding/widget/update reasons. Thanks again for a great roundup!

    1. Hi Kaitlin! So glad you found the list - so many ideas, right? And booo, I know about that - I guess McAfee has always flagged my site as spam (how rude, right?!). I've tried filling out the online petition form, but they've never done anything to fix it. :(

  12. This is an amazing list! Thank you! I cannot wait to try some out.

  13. What a great compilation of ideas to do. There definitely are a few I will have to try out. Just be careful with the drawing in cardboard boxes as you are encouraging your child to draw on walls, so make sure your paint is washable .

  14. awesome list!
    I have a lot to read in the weekend and hope i find something that fits mu daughter's age!

  15. What a mother load of links Asia! Thanks so much for posting. I have been looking for some new ideas, can't wait to have heaps of fun with my little one :) Julia

    1. HAHAHAHA it totally is, Julia! So glad it's helpful!!! :) :) :)

  16. This is just fantastic - thanks so much. We will be sharing with our community as well. We are all about development-boosting baby activities and love this collection.

  17. This is one amazing collection from some of the most amazing bloggers! This one will keep us busy for awhile! :)

  18. Some wonderful ideas for baby sensory play thank you!!