10 Fun Things to do with your 8-10 Month Old Baby

Before the world of sensory play was opened up to me, I often spent a large portion of my day wondering “what can I do next?”
Buddy loves his plastic fantastic toys, however I feel they limit the scope for interactive play and I wanted to introduce new things into the mix. So for anyone who is at a bit of a loss for some fun ideas and games to play with their baby, I have complied a list of some of our favourite and simple games. Please note, these are activities that I am happy to do with my child. If you feel an activity is unsuitable for your child please do not attempt it.

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Dress up Peek-a-boo
This is such a simple game but Buddy loves it. It is really your basic peek-a-boo, but every time you jump out (from behind a door or the sofa) you put a different hat or scarf on. This produces squeals of laughter every time and is great to develop his visual awareness.

Bubbles
Who doesn’t love bubbles? Buddy loves nothing more than popping them and squeals in delight when we blow them at him.
We went one step further and purchased a bubble machine.

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Painting with Baby Safe Edible Paint
We love getting messy in this house! This edible baby safe paint is really easy to make and has never stained anything in our home. You can find the recipe here.

Homemade Baby Safe Edible Paint

At the moment I like to paint outside with Buddy as he is very inquisitive at the moment and likes to crawl all over. Painting outdoors definitely cuts down the clean up time. We use the back of wallpaper for painting as it is thicker and less likely to tear when Buddy crawls all over it. You can usually pick up wallpaper for a very good price in bargain bins.

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Discovery Baskets
Discovery baskets are containers filled with normal household objects for baby to explore. I set up a discovery basket every evening before going to bed and it is the first thing Buddy crawls to in the morning. He will play quietly, investigating the contents and examining items for up to 30 minutes at a time and it is something he enjoys going back to throughout the day.

You can find a list of items to include in your discovery basket on the following link.

150 Items to Include in Your Discovery Basket.

Today our basket included a colander, a rolling pin, some measuring cups, jar lids and clothes pegs.

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You can read more about the theory behind discovery baskets here and sensory learning here.

Montessori theory

Have a Foam Party
Make some coloured foam in minutes and let your baby play with it. You can read how by following the link below.

Homemade baby safe foam

I enjoy hiding toys in the foam and watching Buddy look for them. He loves splashing and slopping the foam and also trying to eat it.
Note – not suitable for eating and avoid contact with eyes.

Look at picture books
If you have a child who will happily sit and read a book, I envy you! Buddy will not sit still for long with a book however he does enjoy turning the pages and lifting the flaps on a peek-a-boo book. We make a game of turning the pages by hiding a wooden block beneath the page to encourage him to find it and thus progress with the story.
I make sure we have books in all of the rooms that Buddy plays in. They are at a low level to enable him to seek and explore them independently.

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Play with Simple Musical Instruments
Buddy really enjoys chasing bottles filled with rice and pasta. These are so simple to make and provide endless entertainment.
We practice pushing them to each other. Shaking them and tipping them over to make fantastic noises.
Of course, if you are crafty, you can make these look fantastic. I haven’t got round to making mine beautiful yet, but Buddy enjoys them anyway!

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You could also make your own drum kit!

drum kit

Check out how we made ours here – Home made Drum Kit.

Get messy with Goo
This baby safe edible goo is simply cornflour and water. It in interactive and wonderfully messy. You can learn how to make it by clicking the link below.

Edible Goo

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We had fun touching and eating the goo, although I think my husband was more impressed than Buddy was!

Play with food
We know that food is great and essential, so let’s play with it. It doesn’t matter how much your baby actually eats at this age as it can be supplemented with breast milk or formula. The sensory element of it is the important part.

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Spaghetti is one of my favourite foods to play with. You can read about our experience of playing with spaghetti here. Rainbow Spaghetti Play

We also enjoy playing with porridge oats to make an Edible Sand Pit

Or you could Discover Flour with this super simple sensory bin.

Play with Blocks
Blocks are great for open ended play. We love stacking and sorting them. You can see the result of Buddy’s bulldozer mode here.
Open Ended Play with Wooden Blocks

Buddy also enjoys sorting his blocks. I hide them in old egg cartons and let Buddy search and rummage, tipping them out and putting them back in again. It is a great problem solving activity.

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I hope these ideas help you if you are stuck in a bit of a play rut with your little one. I have loads more ideas that I can’t wait to share so please let me know what you think, what you would like to see more of and what you would like to see less of and I will do my best to oblige!

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52 thoughts on “10 Fun Things to do with your 8-10 Month Old Baby

  1. Oh these are so simple and completely doable, thank you for sharing! I didn’t realize I was in a rut until I read this article. My babe is not yet mobile so I love the basket ideas especially! Thanks again!

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    • I’m glad you found it useful. The discovery baskets were a new find for me too but Buddy enjoys them so much I felt compelled to write about it. I hope you continue to find my posts useful and if there are any activities you would specifically like to see more of please let me know.

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  2. awesome ideas! Thank you! I have a 10 month old who wants nothing to do with his toys and is totally interested in household objects, so these are really fun ideas!

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    • I’m really pleased you have found it useful. Discovery baskets are definitely my favourite activity at the moment. Buddy would much rather play with a whisk and pan than any other toy at the moment.

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  3. I’m so glad I found this post – I’ve been looking for inspiration and there’s some great ideas here! Going to try edible paint (in the garden!) for sure, looks like lots of fun!

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    • I’m so pleased you like them. The edible goo is one of my favourites! You can also freeze it and make an edible frozen chalk which then melts into a goo! I’ll be sure to check your page out as soon as Buddy goes to bed!

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  4. Thank you for all these activities! They’re great ideas (that goo was genius!) and I can’t wait to try them with my little lady when she gets older.

    Maria
    cmntsblog.wordpress.com

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    • Thank you. We love simple play over here! I just think it enables him to lead the play better and build on his imagination and thinking. We have lots more messy play lined up which I am super excited about.
      Thanks for taking the time to visit and comment.

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  5. I love these ideas and so many I do with Annabelle already! Loving the little blocks in the egg holders, that’s something I reckon I will do tomorrow. She’ll love that! Thanks for so many fun ideas and for linking up with #MMWBH xx

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  6. Some great idea here! Can’t wait to use some of these with Baby L when she’s old enough. Always surprises me how the best things are so simple and often cost pennies! Will be bookmarking this for the future! 🙂 MMWBH

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  8. Great ideas!
    Fyi.. Not sure if it’s on your end or mine. When I click the link for 150 Discovery Basket items, my browser blocks it and says it’s a malicious link.

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  11. What a great ideas, a lot of wonderfull inspiration. Thank you very much. Sometimes I use a theme like ‘balls’ (different kind of balls: small, big, soft, hard, plastic, rubber) for in the discovery basket, because my son (8 months) is learning about categories right now. Thank you so much for the great suggetions, my son is so excited when he is starting to discover a new basket , regards from a Dutch mommy

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  12. These are such great ideas! I especially love the DIY instruments and the discovery basket… definitely saving that list of items to use for our own. I can’t wait to use these activities with my daughter!

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  13. Thank you for this! I am an elementary teacher and am home for the first time since maternity leave with my little one this summer. Although I have no problems coming up with activities for my students to do in class, I was surprised that I had no idea what to do with my baby all day. I am going to try some of these today!

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  14. Hi

    I’d just like to say thank you for posting these. They are really useful and fun.
    Please do let me know if you have any other posts I can read. My son is nearly 10 months old and we are home together everyday, whilst I take him out I would love interactive activities we can do at home.

    Thanks very much x

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  15. I love these ideas! This is my first baby and I’m terrified of giving him anything that isn’t pureed or mashed down in fear of him choking on it. He’s 8.5 months and only has his 2 lower teeth in. Is that usually safe enough for finger foods or does he need the top teeth too?? How did it work for you. Beautiful baby too, God bless 🙂

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  16. I don’t think you are all that bright. You are teaching your baby to eat paint. Unless your baby is a genius and can read he doesn’t know if it is edible. Further more you must not be to ken on table manners. Also it is important how much food they eat or do you care about how much nutrition he gets. Thank God my grandbaby has parents who are smarter than you!!!

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    • Hi Leslie

      I’m sorry my post 10 fun things to do with your 8-10 month old baby caused you to not only question my intelligence but also the well being of my son.

      I’d like to take this opportunity to reassure that “Buddy” is now three and a half years old. He is healthy, intelligent and exceeding most of his milestones. He is also an excellent eater who has very good table manners for a three year old.

      As to how bright I am? I must say having two young children takes its toll. I have been known to put the car keys in the fridge from time to time whilst distracted, however we function pretty well.

      I found these articles which I thought you may find interesting.

      http://www.parents.com/toddlers-preschoolers/safety/toddlerproofing/when-your-baby-puts-everything-in-his-mouth/

      http://www.highscope.org/file/newsandinformation/extensions/extvol25no5_low.pdf

      My whole ethos with young children is to allow them to explore their environment in a safe and age appropriate way. Young children in particular explore the world with their mouths so what could be better than enabling them to do so safely in a fun and colourful way that enables us to explore new ideas, textures and language? Of course, now Buddy is three we don’t do taste safe sensory play so much unless his younger sister is joining in. We are able to explore more textures and themes as he is able to understand that not everything is for eating. I have found that this type of play has expanded his vocabulary and has encouraged him to feel more adventurous and confident in approaching both new foods and new experiences.

      It saddens me that you felt you needed to be so insulting in your opinion of my parenting. Perhaps I should be less sensitive? Perhaps I would feel differently had I not been up all night with a sick child. Regardless, please remember that bloggers who share activities that we enjoy with our children do so because we love our kids and love having fun with them. We’re all just parents, trying to do our best, and tearing each other down does nothing but spread ugliness in this world.

      Have a great day and enjoy your beautiful Grandbaby

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    • This post is awesome, and guess what – kids are going to taste paint until they are 18months, so either you don’t paint with them – or you provide a safe alternative. She’s not doling it out in a bowl, she’s just ensuring that it’s not toxic.
      Too bad your grandbaby doesn’t have a kind grandma! How deeply cruel you must be to feel so moved to comment nasty things to someone who is putting a resource out there to help others. Shame on you.

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    • This post is awesome, and guess what – kids are going to taste paint until they are 18months, so either you don’t paint with them – or you provide a safe alternative. She’s not doling it out in a bowl, she’s just ensuring that it’s not toxic.
      Too bad your grandbaby doesn’t have a kind grandma! How deeply cruel you must be to feel so moved to comment nasty things to someone who is putting a resource out there to help others. Shame on you.

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    • Wooooooah.. what are you like, 12? Why you hating? The whole point of this post was about having fun. You sound like a pretty boring and mean grandma. Get a life.

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