One of the best parts about being a parent is seeing your little one develop and grow. As your baby turns 15 months old, you might notice that they start to change in little ways. They can point out objects and make requests, eat more textured foods, sort things by colors and shapes, use some words to get what they want, or maybe even say their first sentence.
Your baby is also getting more independent. It means they’ll respond better when you ask them a question or tell them something new, and they won’t need as much help from other people. All of these things are great for parents who like to keep up with their child’s development. And the best part is that most of these things take place around the 15-month mark. Connecting and playing with your baby will get their brain development going. That is why it’s essential to spend some time with your 15-month-old baby by engaging in fun activities.
Below are some 15-month-old baby activities that you can do with your baby today:
1) Take Pictures
Materials: Camera, Flash
Purpose: To encourage eye-hand coordination
At 15 months old, your baby has a good vision that enables them to see details. They can pay attention and focus on what’s in front of them. Your little one will also be able to communicate what they like and don’t like. So, at 15 months old, your baby might enjoy taking pictures with you.
Try taking photos while they are playing in the backyard. You could also have them hold a toy or smile for the camera. Most children at this age like flashlights and other objects that can project light. Teach them first how to use it, and once they know how to use it, allow them to play with it.
Have your child point the flashlight onto what they like. Pointing at objects can improve hand-eye coordination and help your baby develop their motor skills.
2) Story Time
Purpose: To encourage communication skills and listening skills
At 15 months old, a baby can start participating in interactive conversations. They will point out things that they see in books and tells you what they want.
You can even make up a story about your baby’s day. Have your little one look at some pictures inside the book and tell you what is happening in the story.
It’s also great to show your baby pictures of people they know, like family members or friends. It will help your baby learn how to communicate with other people around them and play with other children easier because they’ll recognize who they are.
3) Letter Game
Materials: Flashcards, Markers
Purpose: To encourage letter recognition and language skills
At 15 months old, your baby is going to be pretty good at recognizing some letters, and they may be able to put them together to make words.
You can help your little one learn even more by giving them flashcards with a letter on each side. Flip over one card and ask him what letter it is. They may say it’s a “t” and then you can ask them what sound it makes when you say the word “truck.”
Have them flip over the other card, and you can point out that it has the letter “r. They will be able to tell you the word and what sound it makes. You can continue this activity by repeating the word. It will help your baby learn how to read words when they see them on the flashcards.
4) Do It Yourself Fun
Materials: Empty plastic container, Towel, Blocks
Purpose: To encourage creativity
At 15 months old, your little one will begin to play with toys that they have made.
They love to put objects in and out of boxes, so give your baby an empty container, a tower to lightly cover the ‘den’, and blocks to put in and pull out.
Wooden blocks can also help your baby learn how to build. Your child can use the blocks to make houses, cars, and towers. They will enjoy stacking the pieces together and smacking them together to make lots of noise!
5) Animal Chat
Purpose: To encourage listening skills
At 15 months old, your little one will have pretty good command over their motor skills, but they will not be able to understand complex sentences yet.
They will recognize certain animals and start pointing at them when you ask them what animal they’re looking at. You can teach your little one the names of the animals by showing them flashcards with different animals on each side.
Point out an animal on a card and ask your baby what it is. If they can’t tell you the animal’s name, show them another card with an animal that they know and try again.
This game will help your baby learn how to communicate with you more effectively and learn new words quickly.
6) Teeth Brushing
Materials: Soft toothbrush, Toothpaste
Purpose: To encourage oral hygiene.
At 15 months old, your baby’s teeth will be coming in. You can help your little one brush their teeth by putting some toothpaste on a soft brush and giving them a toothbrush.
Demonstrate by brushing your own teeth. There’s nothing your baby loves more at this age than copying you.
This will set them up for excellent oral hygiene for when those adult teeth start to come in as well.
7) Bubble Game
Materials: Clean bowl, Bubble soap, Wand
Purpose: To encourage creativity and fine motor skills.
At 15 months old, your baby will start to get better and better at picking up objects using their hands.
Give your little one a wand filled with soapy water and have them practice. You can also fill a bowl with soapy water and ask them to dip the wand in the water without getting it too full.
It will help them develop their fine motor skills while they have fun playing with bubbles!
Materials: Your face, Your hands
Purpose: To encourage memory
Play the game “Peek-A-Boo” with your baby.
It’s a beautiful game for you to bond with your baby and to develop their fine motor skills.
Cover your face with your hands, when you remove them say “Peek-A-Boo!” and make a silly face to make your baby laugh.
Your baby may try and copy you by hiding their own face in their hands. Encourage this by asking where they are when their face is covered and saying “Peek-A-Boo” when they emerge.
9) Mirror Game
Materials: A Baby-safe mirror
Purpose: To encourage eye contact and learning skill.
A 15-month-old baby will be fascinated by their reflection in the mirror.
You can help them learn how to work with mirrors by propping a mirror up on the floor and pointing your face towards it.
Have them watch themself in the mirror. Try to catch their eye and make a silly face together.
Encourage them to look away and look back at the mirror to see if they are still there. Wave at your reflection, and if the mirror is baby-safe encourage them to hold it and experiment with different reflections.
10) Hide ‘n’ Go Seek
Materials: Small soft toy, Large blanket
Purpose: To encourage optimism and memory.
At 15 months old, your baby will be able to recognize familiar objects.
You can improve their memory by playing a game of hide ‘n’ go seek together.
Keep the soft toy in one hand and hide it in the game area (like in another room) and then ask him to go and find the soft toy. He’ll keep looking around while you’re gone for some time. Eventually, he will look at himself and then try to follow you. Have fun following your baby when you play this game together.
These games can be played with your baby any time throughout the day. If you have time, try to do them after every meal to ensure that your little one is getting enough of a chance to play with you.
The great thing about this list is that there aren’t any rules or strict guidelines. You are allowed to change the game and do things differently from day to day if you’d like. It will help your baby learn new things, but it’s optional if you want them to play something else instead.
Let us know in the comments what you like to play with your baby?
I’m Andrea Gibbs Born, raised, and still living in New York. I’m a work-at-home mom with a background in business development, strategy, and social media marketing. I’m a blog contributor at Baby Steps Daycare in Forest Hills, New York to motivate and educate other parents about how they can get their children ahead of the game in school.