Learning and Engaging Activities For 10 Months Old Baby

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A 10 month-old baby playing with a bunny

Contrary to the time of pregnancy, time flies after the child is born. Before you know it, your baby will be ten months old. This is an important milestone in the first year of a child.

By the time your baby hits the ten-month age you will be seeing that your child has changed a lot. From the helpless newborn you brought home from the hospital; your child will have grown into an independent, slightly manic person. You can gauge your baby’s personality- whether he is a quiet child or an assertive one, whether he is calm or adventurous.

So, at this time, you have to interact with your child to help him develop his skills further and provide an outlet for all the energy he has. Here, let us take a look at a few activities you can do and also what you can expect from your child at this point.

Milestones Attained by Ten Month-Old Babies

At the ten-month mark, there are a few things that you can expect from your child:

  • He would be able to play hide and seek.
  • Comprehension of some words that you say might also happen.
  • He might be able to pull up into a standing position and also sit down in a controlled manner.
  • He will also be able to walk using supports, like the edges of furniture or the wall.
  • He might try to feed himself with his hands or a spoon- you should always let him do this on his own, even if he is very sloppy.

Babies at that age would be curious about everything, and you should always foster this curious trait. He will try to touch and feel, maybe even taste all things around him. Never restrict his actions, unless he is doing something that may harm him.

10 Month Old Baby Activities- Fun and Interesting Ones

There are many 10-month-old baby games which help your child grow and learn. Some may help him develop his sensory skills, while some help him develop his muscles and motor skills.

1. Stacks

Stacks

Building towers are a great activity for babies, as it helps them develop their motor skills greatly.

How to Play

Initially, you will have to build them up yourself and let the child knock it down. Soon, you will find the baby trying to put the tower up on his own so that he can knock it down on his own. At the start, try using larger blocks so that the task of building the tower is easy for your child. However, you can use smaller blocks as time passes, so that it is more challenging.

Skill Development

This helps improve the motor skills and dexterity of the child, along with his memory, problem-solving and cognitive abilities.

2. Stick Em

This might be a frustrating game at first, but it will help your child once he gets the hang of it.

How to Play

You need a hard floor and some items like books or toys that stick well. Cut out contact paper in the shape of the bottom of the item, and stick the paper to the floor. Now, stick the corresponding item to the top surface of the contact paper. Try to make your baby understand the problem by pretending to pull the item, but unsuccessfully. Now make your baby crawl over to each spot and lift the toy from the floor. Remember to ensure that no paper comes in contact with her mouth at this time.

Skill Development

Cognitive abilities, problem solving and memory, is improved in this exercise.

3. Obstacle Course

A more fun one of the things to do with the 10-month-old baby at home, this is sure to be great to watch as well!

How to Play

Mock up an obstacle course at home using everyday items, like solid boxes, stacks of large books, pillows or even chairs for your baby to traverse. While setting up the track, make sure that your baby cannot just crawl around the obstacle. Keep your baby at the starting point, and encourage him to go through the obstacles, by crawling or walking by calling his name from the ending point.

Skill Development

This helps improve the motor skills, navigation, hand-eye coordination, memory and cognitive abilities of the child.

4. A Gift Box

A Gift Box

This one makes use of the curious trait in children this age and helps them explore the world around them.

How to Play

Just take an empty gift box and fill it up with things that he would love, like toys. Now place the box near him, and make sure that it is closed. Encourage your child to open it and explore the items within the box. After he finishes playing with the items, put it back in the box and close it. Now make him open the other boxes you have made similarly. As time progresses, you will see that the baby will learn which toys go into which box.

Skill Development

Problem Solving and memory of the child are greatly improved.

5. Reading

Your baby might not understand the words yet, but reading sure does help!

How to Play

Read simple picture books with your child, even though he might not understand what you are saying. However, you should always read in the tone of the dialogue, so that the baby can associate your tone with what is being implied at a future stage. After around ten months of doing this, you will find that your child is able to answer your questions and understand what you are saying in parts.

Skill Development

Language development and vocabulary of the child, along with his memory are also improved.

6. The Scarf Box

This activity aims to develop a sense of curiosity in the child.

How to Play

Initially, you have to take a lot of colourful scarves and tie them one after the other at the ends. Now stuff this into an empty tissue box, and leave one tip of the final scarf poking outside so that the curiosity of your child is stimulated. Encourage him to pull it out, and watch your baby look amazed!

Skill Development

Cognitive skills and memory of the baby are improved.

7. Copycat!

A simple game, yet it has far-reaching implications.

How to Play

Your baby might already be looking at adults in order to copy them, so make a game out of it. This imitation game can help develop various skills in your child. Start off simple, with a combination of nods, shakes and finger actions. As the game progresses, make sure to make it more complex by adding whistles, singing and even counting. Also, remember to watch what you are saying and doing around the baby even after the game- your baby might still be watching you!

Skill Development

Memory, motor skills and cognitive abilities are improved with this game.

8. Chase me!

A fun activity to do with your child, it also helps the baby bond better with you.

How to Play

Place the child down at a distance, and crawl towards him on your knees saying ‘here I come’ or with a playful growl. Once you reach the baby, kiss him, tickle him or make him laugh. Once your baby understands the game, you will see that he will try to evade you when you crawl to him. You can even switch roles, with you hiding beneath the bed or around the corners and peek so that the baby can see you. When he catches you, make sure that you praise him!

Skill Development

Emotional and social skills also improve, along with motor skills.

9. Hand over Hand

This is a simple game that you can try anywhere, without much effort- also, your baby is guaranteed to laugh!

How to Play

Place your palms on top of your baby’s palm one at a time. Do this so that he gets a gist of what you are trying to do- you will see that he places his other palm on top of your hand (maybe with some encouragement at first). Once done, pull your hand from the bottom and place it on top of his palm. Continue this until he is bored and stops giggling.

Skill Development

Social and emotional development takes place, along with improvement in motor skills.

10. Walkers and Riding Toys

A baby riding a bike

This is great to improve your baby’s walking skills and balance in a harmless manner.

How to Play

If you think that the baby has enough balance and is ready to walk or be more mobile, buy him a riding toy. This might be a wheeled walker or a bicycle-like toy with 4 wheels, so introduce him to the toy and encourage him to take it for a spin. Be careful about the environment in which he rides, and also support him the first few times. Soon, you will see your baby moving around quicker than before.

Skill Development

This improves the movement, motor skills and hand-eye coordination of the child.

Things to Keep in Mind about your 10 Month-Old Baby

  • This is the age when the child starts to explore the world around him, with his curiosity piqued.
  • The child can now sufficiently explore all the five senses- his brain has developed enough for that.
  • You have to teach your child what is right and what is wrong, as his cognitive skills are only developing at this age.
  • You should not restrict the actions of your child and encourage him to be independent unless he is doing something dangerous.

Motor and sensory activities for a 10 month-old baby can have huge benefits on his overall growth and development, so parents must encourage these as much as possible. However, you must remember to set up a safe, baby-proofed space for these activities so that they don’t cause any harm.

Also Read: Fun Infant Activities