Games for babies aged 13 to 15 months

The stage of independence has arrived! If your child has not already done so, during this three month period they will most probably begin to take their first steps on their own. Their manual skills have also come on in leaps and bounds and they will love slotting objects together, stacking them up, knocking them down... and they'll even start to scribble on paper. Their communication with you is more extensive and they make themselves increasingly understood, even if it's just by uttering the odd syllable. They don’t require as much attention as before and they can spend some time playing by themselves.

Juego educativo de cubos de madera

KNOCK IT ALL DOWN!

What do you need?  A construction game with large pieces like Natural Cuboland.

Sit down on the floor with your baby and start to stack the pieces one on top of the other so baby will imitate you. It might take them a while to get the hang of it, but what they are sure to love is knocking them over, so the higher the tower the better. They’ll be in fits of laughter!

Important! Let them knock over the tower as many times as they want.

Libro de tela para bebés con hojas acolchadas

EVERY THING HAS ITS NAME

What do you need? A book for babies featuring pictures that you can name and point to like Soft book KicoNico.

Reading a story is something we can do at any age because it strengthens our bond with our baby and also helps develop their language skills. Choose a book with big pictures that you can name one by one. Turn the pages saying what you see on each page with simple words, referring to the colour and activity shown in the form of a short little story. This way, they will gradually start to recognise objects and try to name them. Pairing reading with fun comments encourages them to want to keep sharing books with you.

Puzzle de madera con sonidos

CLEVER FINGERS

What do you need? A simple slot-together puzzle with basic geometric shapes like Natural Puzzle Animal-sound.

Sit down with your baby and put all the pieces on the floor leaving the puzzle base empty. Show baby each of the shapes and say their names. “This is the square and it goes in here” or “the triangle is yellow and goes in here, see?”. Your baby will try to copy you although at first they will decide where each shape should go. Don’t worry and don’t tell them what to do. Through trial and error they will learn that each piece fits in a particular place. Celebrate their achievement when they manage to get a piece in the right place.

Puzzles are recommended to help children recognise shapes, use their hand-eye coordination and have fun playing a concentration game while building their attention span. Give the child the puzzle without taking it apart. Let them take out each piece and put it back, one by one. Once they get the hang of it, they can take the entire puzzle apart and put each of the pieces back in place.

Andador de madera con actividades

STEP BY STEP, I’LL GET THERE

What do you need? A safe, sturdy walker like Natural Diver Pasitos.

Now that baby has started taking their first steps, they need to feel safe enough to have the confidence to set off on their own. Put their hands on the handlebar of the walker and show them how to push it. The baby will see that they can get where they want to go without the fear of falling. They’ll have a great time exploring everywhere.

A THOUSAND COLOURS

What do you need? Easy-to-hold wax crayons for babies like KicoNico Crayons.

Take a large piece of paper so your baby can start to scribble. Get them used to always scribbling on a piece of paper and make it clear that this is where you draw, and not on the walls! Take one of the wax crayons and draw a line; take another crayon and draw another line in a different colour. Then offer baby the crayon so they can do it themselves. You can plate a sheet of paper on a table to draw on or stick it to the wall so they can draw in vertical position. If you explain that they have to draw on the paper they will understand perfectly. If you decide to draw too, don’t draw something specific. Make scribbles like theirs so they’ll want to draw with you.

El desarrollo del bebé

WHERE AM I?

What do you need? Enthusiasm to have fun.

Hide and seek is one of their favourite games. Run and hide behind the sofa or behind any piece of furniture that your little one can get to safely, and then call their name: “Paula, where’s mummy?”. Your baby, who probably knows how to walk by now, will either hold onto the furniture or crawl to where they think they heard your voice coming from. And when they find you, come out and say “Here I am!” . The surprise and joy they feel when they see you will delight them.

Juego del espejo bebé

I’LL DO WHAT YOU DO

What do you need?  A large, unbreakable mirror.

Put the mirror in front of the two of you and point to each part of your face with your finger: “This is mummy’s nose. Where’s Alvaro’s nose? This is my mouth and these are my ears”. Baby will love pointing with their finger and trying to do what you do, learning through imitation. You can also use a scarf to cover the mirror and then pull it off to see your reflections. This game is fascinating to kids at this stage of growth.