Games for babies aged 10 to 12 months

In this phase your child will be crawling or pulling themselves along with ease and will stand up by holding onto a piece of furniture. They might even start to walk by themselves or holding onto your hand. Their manual abilities are much more developed and they will use their hands and fingers with greater skill, taking objects out of and putting them into simple containers. Their intelligence is developing at lightning speed as they find hidden objects and point with their finger at everything that grabs their attention. Although they can't talk yet, they know how to use different tones of voice, they understand a lot of what you say and they can understand simple instructions. They might be able to say mummy and daddy.

Juego para bebés de 7 a 9 meses

TREASURE HUNT

What do you need?  Your child’s favourite toy or any everyday object that is not too big but big enough for them to handle.

Take their favourite toy, as long as it is not too big, and hide it under their blanket saying: “Where is the duck hiding?” and lift up the blanket so baby can see that it’s still there, it has only disappeared from view for a moment. Do it again and this time let baby lift up the blanket to find their toy. They’ll love this and learn to attach a name to the object, little by little coming to realise that the toy exists even when they don’t see it.

Encajable de madera del arca de Noé

GUESS THE RIDDLE

What do you need?  A game with everyday objects to recognise, like Natural Noah’s Ark.

Sit with your baby and show them two or three objects from the puzzle and name the animals they represent, making their animal sounds to build their language and vocabulary.

When they grab one, name the animal and give to it baby to put in and out of the boat door. With patience they will learn where to put each piece so they fit.

We don’t recommend asking the baby: “Which animal is this? What colour is it?”. It’s better to say the name or colour of the animal that they choose.

ONE INSIDE THE OTHER

What do you need?  A simple slot-together toy like In & on babelball.

Choose a simple toy with cubes that can fit inside each other. Separate the cubes and put them down in front of the child and show them how to put one inside the other. When there are no more cubes, give them the little balls. Baby will now be able to do this and will imitate you perfectly. Even if they don’t do it very well at first, trying to put a larger cube into a smaller one, don’t worry and don’t tell them how to do it. Through trial and error they will learn to do it all by themselves.

Arrastre de madera con rodillo de bolitas

QUICK, RUN, OR I’LL CATCH YOU

What do you need? A pull-along toy or roller toy like Natural Roll-bola.

When baby is now ready to take their first steps, this is the time to give them a ride-on toy and watch them move along with it. Going along while holding onto a steady object makes them feel safe so they can walk without fear. You can put it in front of them and call out their name with your arms outstretched, to show them that you’re waiting for them to come to you, and when they do, they’ll get a great big hug. They will feel so happy with their new experience of mobility.

A pull toy or a roller toy is perfect to play “quick, run or I’ll catch you” to help them understand distances and space. Remember that babies need to be walking safely by themselves to use this toy.

Bailando con mi bebé

TO THE SOUND OF MY FAVOURITE SONG

What do you need? A lively song with clear simple lyrics which you can perform actions to.

Your kids will love music at this age. Choose an easy song that you can make gestures to, or you can even make up your own song. Through repetition your baby will start to imitate your gestures. Develop their language with classic songs like Five Little Ducks, and If You’re Happy and You Know It. This game is fantastic for strengthening your emotional bond with your baby.