15 Independent Activities for One Year Olds


I have been preparing for the coming homeschool year, and it dawned on me that I will have a one year old to keep busy during homeschool hours!  He is a busy guy too – always into everything.  I went on the hunt for some activities that will be safe for him to do without supervision.  I'm hoping these will be exciting enough to him that he will keep himself occupied for a while.  If the pictures are not self-explanatory, you can check out the link under each one to find tutorials on how to make these activities.

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101 Independent Activities for Toddlers and Preschoolers

Make your own texture book
Peek-a-boo tray from shoebox lid
Baby Play Bottle
Buckle clipping toy
Treasure baskets




Tissue box stuffed with fabric squares






Nesting bowls



Muffin tin sorting



Putting balls through a tissue box


Velcro board




Tearing Paper





Playing with magnets





Placing objects in a large container





Tactile exploration cards





Pipe cleaners in a bottle

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MaryEllen is a stay-at-home wife and homeschooling mom. She has a passion for helping other women be all that God wants them to be.

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