13 Learning Games And Activities For 19 Month Old Baby

13 Learning Games And Activities For 19 Month Old Baby

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Your baby just grew into a toddler! This means that there will be more running around, more breaking stuff, and more curiosity. As your baby now walks more than crawls, you must include games and activities in his schedule to channel his energy into learning something, while having fun.

Activities ideal for this age improve your baby’s cognitive and physical development. To help you better with the activities, MomJunction brings you the best games. and activities for a 19-month-old.

13 Learning Activities And Games For19-Month-Old Baby

Each activity here nurtures a particular developmental milestone or a set of skills in your baby.

1. Making Wheat Dough Balls

Making wheat dough balls

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You will need:

  • Kneaded wheat flour dough

How to:

Place a large bowl of kneaded dough in front of the baby. Take some in your palm, press it into a ball, and put it on a tray. Ask your baby to do the same. He may find the sticky dough fascinating and play with it by throwing it around. Place a few plastic sheets around to prevent the dough from sticking to other objects. If the baby seems confused, then take his hands in yours and show him how to press the dough into a ball. At the end of the activity, you could bake a few dough balls to record the activity.

Skills developed: Sensory skills, grip strength, ability to manipulate items

2. Odd One Out

Odd one out

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You will need:

  • Small, plastic bucket
  • 15-20 white plastic balls
  • About ten balls of varied colors

How to:

Put the white plastic balls into the bucket along with one colored ball. Mix them together. Since your little one is now a toddler, he will understand simple instructions and gestures. Ask the baby to find the color ball. He will shuffle through the white balls and spot the colored one. Babies by this age can understand basic colors such as red, blue, and green.

Skills developed: Visual interpretation, color perception, adhering to instructions

[ Read: 19th Month Baby Development Guide ]

3. Walk The Path

Walk The Path

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You will need:

  • Colorful adhesive tape

How to:

Toddlers can walk by themselves at 18 months. This makes walking activities ideal for them (1). Stick two parallel lines of tape on the floor. Zigzag the tape so that the space between the two parallel sides twists and turns. Ask your baby to stand on the starting line, and when you say “Start” he should walk in the path between the two lines. He must stay on the path to walk to the finish line. You can make the activity interesting by saying “Freeze!” or asking him to clap his hands while walking.

Skills developed: Walking skills, muscle dexterity, vision-muscle synchrony

4. Everything in pairs

Everything in pairs

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You will need:

  • Household objects such as spoons, bowls, or fruits and vegetables – all in pairs

How to:

Place a spoon from the pair in front of you in a clean straight line while the rest lie in a pile beside the baby. Ask the baby to pick the other spoon from the pile, and place it next to the first spoon. Ask him to do the same with fruits and other objects and make pairs.

Skills developed: Object-noun association, instruction obedience

5. Where is the nose?

Where is the nose

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You will need:

  • You, your baby, and your partner

How to:

Let your partner and the baby sit or stand together. Tell them that you will ask a question such as, “Where is the nose?”. Your partner can prompt the baby by touching his nose, which the baby will copy. Ask about other body parts as well. Once the baby starts understanding, your partner can leave the game, and both of you can ask questions together. Babies learn one new word per week between the age of 18 and 24 months (2). This game is a good way to teach him new words and their meanings.

Skills developed: Object-noun-location association, noun memory

6. Reading along

Reading along

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You will need:

  • Colorfully illustrated storybook for babies

How to:
Skills developed: Basic alphabet and number learning, overall cognitive skills

7. Counting with fingers

Counting with fingers

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You will need:

  • You and your baby

How to:

Introduce numbers to your baby by counting them on fingers. Demonstrate by counting on your fingers first. Count from one to ten, over and over, so the baby remembers them for longer. It is one of the best learning activities that can help a 19-month-old learn basic numbers.

Skills developed: Basic number-quantity association, memory skills

[ Read: Physical Activities For Toddlers ]

8. Animal names

Animal names

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You will need:

  • Pictures of animals

How to:

A 19-month-old does not speak perfectly but will remember the sound of words, and you can teach him animal names. Show animal images in a book or even a phone or tablet. Every time you show an animal, point at it and say “That’s a Lion. What is it?” The baby will try repeating the name, but do not worry if he just babbles it. At the end of the activity, you could ask him, “So this a Lion. Yes or No?”. You could say incorrect animal names to check if the baby has registered it correctly the first time.

Skills developed: Object/Image-noun association, memory skills, basic pronunciation

9. The family album

The family album

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You will need:

  • Family photo album

How to:

Open the photo album in front of the baby and point at individuals in the photographs to ask the baby their name or relation. If the baby seems confused, then prompt him. Repeat the activity but let the baby take the lead.

Skills developed: Visual memory, face recognition, social skills

10. Baby basketball

Baby basketball

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You will need:

  • A wall-mountable basket or a bucket

How to:

You can buy a junior basketball set available in the market. You could also make a basket with a baseless bucket and hang it at a height on the wall. Alternatively, place a bucket on a table of about waist height of the baby to play the game. Give the ball to the little one and ask him to throw it into the basket/bucket. Babies can throw a ball under or overhand by 19 months (4). Start from a short distance, and increase the distance slowly.

Skills developed: Vision-muscle coordination, muscle strength, general body agility

[ Read: Group Activities For Toddler ]

11. Home treasure hunt

Home treasure hunt

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You will need:

  • Various toys
  • Your partner

How to:

Take your baby’s toys and place them in different rooms. Put them in a manner that they are inconspicuous. Give the baby a basket and tell him to collect the toys from each room. Accompany the baby and if he is unable to find a toy, give him clues and hints. It is a fun family activity to play with your 19-month-old.It is a fun activity for 19-month-olds.

Skills developed: Walking skills, visual analysis and interpretation skills

12. Hidden Ttoys

Hidden Ttoys

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You will need:

  • A blanketBaby’s toys

How to:

Place toys at a distance on the bed while the baby sees you doing it. Cover the toys with a blanket. Now ask for a particular toy. If the baby gets the location right, uncover the blanket to retrieve the toy. This would help him have a memory refresher about locations of other toys. Repeat till the baby has identified all the spots.

Skills developed: Visual memory and observation, object-noun association

13. Trace the drawing

Trace the drawing

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You will need:

  • Drawings with bold and black outline
  • Butter paper

How to:

At 19 months, babies love drawing and scribbling. You can use this interest to introduce the little one to art. Buy a tracing book, or you can print traceable drawings at home and purchase butter paper separately. Give the baby a pencil and ask him to trace the images. You can show him the correct way of doing it but keep the images simple and attractive.

Skills developed: Hand-eye coordination, basic pencil gripping skills, introduction to art

Along with activities, there are some pointers which you could employ. These would further aid in the baby’s development.

[ Read: Art And Craft Activities For Toddlers ]

5 Good Practices For Parents Of 19-Month-Old

Here are the best ways to ensure the baby gets the maximum benefit out of each activity:

  1. Let play time be interactive: Be a part of the game and engage with the baby. Infants and toddlers can learn a lot better when primary caregivers involve themselves in the game. Communicating also helps the baby understand verbal cues and the activity better.
  1. Be patient: A baby can take time to grasp an activity or to play it the right way. Do not fret or lose patience and keep encouraging the baby to do better.
  1. Skip the game: The baby might not like the game sometimes. If he refuses it more than twice or thrice, then skip that activity and try something different.
  1. Maintain a schedule: Do not do an activity for days at a stretch. Instead, have a schedule where you have a unique activity every day for the entire week. Plan them out in such a way that the baby gets a comprehensive benefit from many games.
  1. Baby-proof your house for safety: It is still essential to baby-proof your house since the baby is still curious. Keep dangerous objects, such as sharp items and electronic appliances, beyond the baby’s reach.

It is not necessary that your baby likes all the games that you initiate. Do not be ambitious, just help him have fun by playing that game he loves. It does not matter what the baby does as long as he is benefiting from the activity. Games are one of the best ways to grow as they are a perfect combination of fun and learning!

What was your 19-month-old’s favorite game? Tell us in the comments below.

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