17 Month Old Learning Activities

My little G is 17 months and this month, he’s really interested in art and also anything that requires fine motor work.  These are some fun  17 month old learning activities that have kept my little guy busy!

Chalk… Without Chalk

I took the kiddos art table (an Ikea play table) and sprayed the top with chalkboard spray paint.  While M loves to draw and play tic-tac-toe on it, I have G a bowl of water and big paint brush.  He loved dipping the brush in water and “painting” on the chalkboard surface.  He could see what he was creating, without a huge mess.

Play-Doh Hide and Find

G loves anything with play-doh so we added a fun twist this month.  Under my constant supervision (all these activities are!), I gave him three smooth glass pebbles.  Originally, the plan was for me to hide them in the play-doh and him to find them, but he had far more fun pushing them in the play-doh.  Throughout the month, we’ve added other fun objects like big buttons, small plastic animals, and even straws.

Drop and Pour

This is probably G’s favorite activity right now… and it’s so simple!
I gave him a clean water bottle and some smooth stones.  He LOVES to drop them through the opening, shake it (it makes a very satisfying noise!), and then pour them out.  Oh, and then repeat over and over and over again!


Since he sees his big sis (M is 5 years old) color, he is very interested in being just like her.  He loves when I give him a piece of a paper and box of crayons.  Our very favorite crayons right now are THESE chunky disks (ours are from Target).

 Color Matching

I took a single ice cube tray and hot glued some scraps of felt into the bottom of each well.  Then I added some color coordinating tiny objects (a jack, a plastic bear, a small apple, a button, ect.) and demonstrated how to drop each object in the well.  He’s not 100% on colors yet, but he loves to explore the objects and place them in the tray.  Plus, it’s a great language-building activity!

 Pom Pom Drop

If you have a wire basket, empty it out and turn it over!  I gave G a bowl of colorful pompoms (all ours are from the dollar store) and showed him how to push them through the mesh.  He loved this activity and quickly started searching for other objects that would fit through (we grabbed cotton balls and Cheerios, both of which worked!).
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  • Reply Neat-i

    Love the ideas. My Lil guy is also 17 months this month, he still very much into putting things in his mouth, so creative play is sometimes challenging.These ideas will work a treat…. Will be filtering for more x

    October 9, 2012 at 12:39 pm
    • Reply Neat-i

      Damn Swype lol… *filtering =following

      October 9, 2012 at 12:41 pm
  • Reply JDaniel4's Mom

    I loved getting to watch him learn.

    October 9, 2012 at 1:33 pm
  • Reply Shonda

    My daughter is 17 months and I don’t do hardly anything with her since she moves around all the time. I’m trying to sit down and do learning things with her every so often, but it’s a juggle with an active 3 year old too.

    October 9, 2012 at 2:07 pm
  • Reply Laci

    loved your post, so simple and easy! You’re little guy is a doll!

    June 1, 2015 at 4:37 am
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