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Activities You Can Do With Your 1 Year Old

Elizabeth Keefe | 6, December 2013


There are a gazillion activities and crafts to do with toddlers. As you look around the craft store, you wonder, "What can I do with my one-year old?" There doesn't seem to be a whole lot of options does there? Here are four activities we at Baby Corner have come up with to keep your one year old baby busy — and spark a little creativity in him, and in you too!

Homemade Edible Finger Paints

Finger paints have always been a fun filled activity for children. However, they are dangerous especially since the first thing your baby will do is put the paint in his mouth! Try this homemade edible, (and washable), finger paint recipe and let your one year burst open his creative center!


  • 1/4 cup corn flour
  • 4 Tbsps sugar
  • A variety of food colorings
  • 2 1/2 tbsps water
  • Large poster paper or a roll of sheet paper
  • 1 plastic paint container for each color


In a pot, mix together water, corn flour, and sugar and simmering the mixture until the sugar dissolves. Make sure the consistency is smooth, and not lumpy or gritty. If you need to add more water or corn flour to get the desired consistency, feel free to do so. Remove from heat and divide the mixture into as many colors as you plan on making into the paint containers. Add 3 to 4 drops of food coloring to each container and mix.


Be creative and mix the food colorings to come up with unique colors. Once the finger paints have cooled down, sit your baby on top of some poster paper and let her create a masterpiece of art. We recommend a large roll of paper so that you can keep your baby contained to one area that is okay to make a mess in!

The 1-Man (or Girl) Baby Band

If you are prepared to cringe at the noise level, turn your baby into a rock star!

What you will need:

  • An assortment of pots, pans, and bowls of different materials
  • An assortment of large spoons.

Grab some of your pots, pans and bowls. To allow your baby to experience with different musical sounds, find some that are made of different things like metal, wood, and plastic. Find some large metal, wooded and plastic spoons as well. Arrange the bowls, pots and pans on the floor around your baby and show him what to do by banging on the pots with a large spoon. It will not take long for him to want to mimic you. Point out the different musical sounds that can be created by combining a wooden spoon and a metal pan, or metal spoon with a metal pan.


Do not use glass as they can break and become dangerous to your baby. If you are a musically talented your self, grab your instrument and play along! This game will most likely become a favorite of your baby's, so be sure to keep your kitchen cabinets and drawers safely secured!

Fun With Stamping

Stamping is fun for everyone, at every age. Introduce your one-year old to this safe creative activity and let her create a stamp masterpiece and build her fine motor skills at the same time!

What you will need:

  • Rubber stamps
  • Large roll of paper
  • Edible finger paint (see above recipe)

Visit your local craft store and choose some stamps of different designs like silly faces, flowers, cars, or whatever else your baby enjoys. Make sure you select large stamps with large handles to help baby grasp them easily and also to prevent a choking hazard. Cover your table with paper and lay out the stamps and finger paints. Show her what to do and she will be on her way to creating another piece of artwork for your refrigerator door!

Giant Fabric Baby Blocks

Do you see your baby has a love of architecture? While, this activity will require some sewing know how, it will be well worth it to watch your baby play, discover and build until his heart's content. This activity will be similar to making a pillow, however it will be squares and rectangles with a foam interior. A sewing machine is not required, but would be helpful!

What You Will Need

  • Square pieces of foam
  • Assorted Fabric designs
  • Strong thread
  • Needle

1. Measure your foam block and cut 6 pieces of fabric to 1/4 size larger than each side of your cube.
2. Stitch the fabric pieces together into the shape of a cross with four pieces placed vertically, and 2 pieces placed on each side.
3. Fold the fabric together into a cube and sew them all together leaving one side open.
4. Insert the foam.
5. Sew the remaining piece onto the block for a full sized giant building block for your baby.

Tips and Suggestions

Start with perfectly square foam. Once you get the hang of it, it will be easier to make different sized cubes for your baby to build with. Chose colorful, bright and cheerful fabrics of different textures for baby to use his sight and touch sense. Try using different patterns for each side of the block. If in the future you want to replace the foam, instead of sewing the remaining piece, use Velcro to close the final square. Be creative, and have fun! Your baby will love these blocks! And, yes, they can be thrown!

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