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18 Totally Awesome Activities For 14 Month Old Toddlers

By Paula McLaren - Norland Nurse NNEB RSH | Updated: 27 October 2021

Activities for 14 month old toddlers can seem so daunting as they have ENDLESS ENERGY and will switch constantly between games no matter how hard you try to keep them focused!

Well, now you can relax! Because I've done all the hard work and research to ensure that the activities you offer your little one from this list will boost their development, keep them engaged for as long as possible and will help to ease your stress of having to come up with yet another play idea for them!

Play should be fun, engaging and care-free, so let's get right on into it before that crayon finds the wall again!

18 Totally Awesome Activities For 14 Month Old Toddlers!

What games can I play with my 14 month old?

So now that your little one is on the go more and more, a whole new range of activities opens up for them! 

Put simply, activities for 14 month old toddlers do not need to be over complicated but they do need to be ENGAGING.

The good news is that the world they live in is fascinating!

So what are the best activities for 14 month old toddlers that we can create for them and get them engaged in?

Quick Activities For 14 Month Old Toddlers List

Well here's a quick list of my top activities for 14 month olds!

For more details about each activity, simply click the links and you'll be taken to an in depth segment which outlines WHAT that activity is, WHY I like it and WHICH developmental skills it helps your little one to master!

  1. Cornflour Painting
  2. Sensory Sand Bin
  3. Water Play
  4. Messy Play
  5. Pushing and Pulling
  6. Play Ball
  7. Building Blocks
  8. Laundry Basket Play
  9. Posting Through The Gap
  10. Lift The Flap and Peek-A-Boo Books
  11. Puzzling Puzzles
  12. Shape Sorters
  13. Singing Songs and Rhymes
  14. Hide and Seek
  15. Ring Stacker
  16. Pop-Up Toys
  17. Discovery Bags and Baskets
  18. Rice Rainstick

4 Spectacular Sensory Activities For 14 month old toddlers

This age group love to touch and feel the world around them so give them plenty of opportunities to explore it! Here are 4 spectacular sensory activities for 14 month old toddlers:

Cornflour Painting

1. Cornflour Painting

How? Mix some cornflour in a bowl with some food colouring. Sit your toddler in their high chair and pour the cornflour mixture onto the highchair tray and let your toddler explore how it feels. Cornflour has that unique ability to feel both solid and liquid and your toddler will find it fascinating.

Why Do I Like It? This is a long time favourite activity of mine that young toddlers love. It is a great way for them to get messy and feel with their fingers and hands in a way that you don’t have to stress too much over the mess.

Skills Developed? Fine motor skills.

Activities For 14 Month Old Sand Play

2. Sensory Sand Bin

How? Choose a suitable bin or box container around 60 cms long, 35 cms wide and 15 cms deep. Fill it with some non-toxic play sand, put some small scoops, spoons, a funnel and different sized containers in the bin and encourage your toddler to discover what they can do with the sand.

Why Do I Like It? Sand is a simple and safe medium that is great for toddlers to play and explore with. It is easy to set up and you don’t need a load of fancy toys as anything that you can find in your kitchen cupboards will do!

Skills Developed? Fine motor, cognitive and problem-solving skills.

Activities For 14 Month Old Water Play

3. Water Play

How? Water play can happen in all sorts of places. In the bath, at the kitchen sink or in the garden with a bowl. Choose a variety of things for your toddler to play with such as cups, mini watering cans, sponges or sieves. To add another layer of excitement, you can also add food colouring to the water or bubbles.

Why Do I Like It? Any activities for 14 month old toddlers that involve water is going to be a win as I am yet to find a toddler that does not enjoy playing with water! This activity is so versatile as each time you set it up you can add different toys and objects to play with so that each water play experience is different.

Skills Developed? Fine and gross motor skills, sensory and cognitive development.

Toddler Painting Ideas Finger Painting

4. Messy Play

How? Set out paper and toddler-safe paint, dress your little one in old clothes or a mini apron and let them loose! 

Why Do I Like It? Getting messy is so important for children as it enables them to freely explore what their bodies can do, how the medium they’re playing with flows and how the world around them works. Messy play is a fantastic activity for 14 month old toddlers and you can get so creative with the endless opportunities too! 

Skills Developed? Sensory and cognitive development.

5 Magical Motor Activities For 14 month old toddlers

As your little one becomes more mobile, it's important to engage them in activities and games that promote both fine and gross motor development. So here are 5 magical motor activities for 14 month old to get you started:

Activities For 14 Month Old Pushing And Pulling

5. Pushing and Pulling

How? Giving your toddler lots of opportunities to push and pull by giving them a wooden baby walker to push along or a wooden toy to pull along behind them are ideal for this activity.

Why Do I Like It? Pushing and pulling toys is the best way to help your toddler strengthen the muscles in their arms, legs and trunk. Once toddlers have learnt to walk they just can’t get enough of it so pushing and pulling toys is a fun way to practice their new skill.

Skills Developed? Gross motor skills.

Activities For 14 Month Old Play Ball

6. Play Ball

How? Take a decent sized ball and roll it back and forth between you and your toddler. Encourage them to try and kick the ball back to you as well!

Why Do I Like It? I love the fact that you can do so much with balls with toddlers and they will never tire of playing with them. You can use balls of different sizes and with different textures to keep your little one engaged too.

Skills Developed? Gross motor and sensory skills.

Activities For 14 Month Old Building Blocks

7. Building Blocks

How? Give your toddler a selection of different coloured wooden building blocks that they can build with and put in and out of containers and walkers.

Why Do I Like It? This is another great playing staple that will keep your toddler happy for years to come. Introducing your toddler to wooden building blocks helps with their problem solving and creative skills.

Skills Developed? Fine motor, cognitive and creative thinking skills.

Activities For 14 Month Old Laundry Basket

8. Laundry Basket Play

How? Laundry basket play can come in many different types depending on the age of your child, but for a 14 month old climbing in and out, sorting clothes or making an impromptu ball pit with a collection of coloured plastic balls are all great activities for this age group.

Why Do I Like It? Laundry baskets can provide endless play opportunities for your 14 month old and is another example of how simple household items can entertain this age group.

Skills Developed? Gross motor, fine motor and cognitive skills.

Activities For 14 Month Old Posting

9. Post Through The Gap

How? Take a container and make some holes in the lid. Next, take some straws that have been cut in half and show your toddler how to post the straws through the holes into the container. This may take a little practice but once they get the hang of it your 14 month old will love this game.

Why Do I Like It? Children of this age love posting items into containers. You can use this homemade version or purchase one of the Montessori ball or shape posting toys.

Skills Developed? Fine motor skills.

5 Clever Cognitive Activities For 14 month old toddlers

Every day your toddler will be learning more and more about how the world around them works. 

This is the perfect time to really begin engaging their minds and challenging them with cognitive games. So here are 5 cognitive activities for 14 month old toddlers that will boost their brains instantly:

Activities For 14 Month Old Peek A Boo Books

10. Lift the flap and peek-a-boo books

How? Choose simple interactive books for this age group such as those with flaps to be lifted or holes to be spied through. 

Why Do I Like It? I love of books of all kinds and feel they have a place in the lives of all children. By the age of 14 months old, your toddler is able to turn pages more effectively and will love to lift flaps to reveal the surprise underneath or to look through books with peepholes that hint at what is coming on the next page. 

Skills Developed? Fine motor and cognitive skills.

Activities For 14 Month Old Puzzles

11. Puzzling Puzzles

How? Have a few simple wooden puzzles for your toddler to practise with. Wooden puzzles with brightly coloured shapes are ideal.

Why Do I Like It? I love wooden toys and baby’s first simple wooden puzzles are perfect the activities for 14 month old toddlers. It improves fine motor skills and helps with learning colours and shapes too.

Skills Developed? Fine motor and cognitive skills.

Activities For 14 Month Old Shape Sorter

12. Shape Sorters

How? Take a shape sorter and show your toddler how to match up the shapes and pop them inside to box. Show them how to empty the sorter too.

Why Do I Like It? Shape sorters are again a great staple toy for toddlers. At 14 months of age, your toddler will love popping the shapes in the holes and will love emptying them out even more! They will not be able to manage all the shapes yet, but they should be able to do the circle and maybe the square. 

Skills Developed? Fine motor and cognitive skills.

Activities For 14 Month Old Singing Songs

13. Singing Songs and Rhymes

How? Spend some time every day singing songs and rhymes with your 14 month old. They will enjoy songs with repetitive words and actions which they can copy.

Why Do I Like It? Singing songs and rhymes to your toddler is a great fun and bonding activity. They will love performing actions for songs such as ‘The Wheels on the Bus’ and songs like ‘Heads, shoulders, knees and toes' are a great way to teach your little one parts of the body.

Skills Developed? Language and cognitive skills.

Hide And Seek Activity

14. Hide and seek

How? For this game you can hide yourself with a blanket or you can hide a familiar object and ask your toddler to find it. 

Why Do I Like It? This is a great game for teaching your 14 month old to listen and follow instructions. Toddlers of this age will thoroughly enjoy looking for the hidden item and will be overjoyed when they find it. 

Skills Developed? Language and listening skills.

4 Montessori Inspired Activities For 14 month old toddlers

And finally, here are 4 montessori inspired activities for 14 month old toddlers that will seek to develop their natural interests rather than use formal teaching methods to engage them:

Ring Stacker Game

15. Ring Stacker

How? Take a simple wooden ring stacker and show your toddler how to stack them on the upright pole. 

Why Do I Like It? A beautifully simple activity for a 14 month old, it is a perfect way to help your toddler improve their concentration and fine motor skills.

Skills Developed? Fine motor skills.

Activities For 14 month old pop up toys

16. Pop-Up Toys

How? Any toys that your toddler can push down on an object that pops back up again is perfect for this age group.

Why Do I Like It? Pop up toys are ideal activities for 14 month old toddlers who will be fascinated by this repetitive toy as they learn cause and effect and anticipate of the toy popping back up!

Skills Developed? Fine motor skills.

Activities For 14 month old discovery bag

17. Discovery Bags and Baskets

How? Take a cloth bag or small basket and fill it with interesting and varied objects. Offer the bag to your toddler and let them take the items out and examine them.

Why Do I Like It? This game is a lovely way to encourage independent play and develop an enquiring mind. Toddlers of this age love to learn about new objects and they will love finding out what is hidden in the depths of the bag.

Skills Developed? Cognitive and fine motor skills.

Activities For 14 month old rain stick

18. Rice Rain Stick

How? Invest in a rainstick toy or create your own by sealing a small tube off and filling it with rice. Just make sure your little one can't open it! And then show your toddler how to play with the rainstick by tipping it up & down or shaking it.

Why Do I Like It? This is a wonderful sensory toy that is calming and fascinating for your toddler. They can also use it as a musical instrument for when they decide to put on a show for you!

Skills Developed? Sensory skills.

14 month old milestones

Here are some of the major developmental milestones for this age group.

  • Will start to use their fingers and thumbs effectively.
  • Start walking.
  • Begin to mimic actions.
  • Wave bye-bye.
  • Play peek-a-boo.
  • Enjoy nursery rhymes and looking at books. 
  • Begin to say their first understandable words.

If you’d like to learn more about the developmental milestone of your 14 month old, be sure to read my post The Ultimate Guide To Your 14 Month Old – Welcome To Toddlerdom! to learn more!

14 Month Old Toy Websites

If you're looking to buy some toys for your little one, I highly recommend checking out the Little Baby Co. They are a small family run business who have a passion for offering high quality, practical, inspiring and stylish products for your little one. 

They believe that good design should be available to everyone and that even the youngest child deserves to begin life in style. They're products are absolutely gorgeous, timeless and most importantly (for me) wooden and NOT battery operated! So be sure to give them a look!

PS: We are not affiliated or sponsored by Little Baby Co at all at this time. Our opinion of their shop is 100% honest and true.

Activities for 14 month old toddlers Recap

Open-ended play that allow your little one to explore are perfect activities for 14 month old toddlers. Remember that play for this age group does not need to be complicated and they will find simple everyday items and simple wooden toys fascinating. 

Young toddlers love playing with building blocks and playing with a ball to increase their fine and gross motor skills. They will love nursery rhymes and action songs, interactive books and putting things in and out of a variety of containers.

Make sure they have shape sorters and simple puzzles and expose them to a variety of sensory play activities such as sand and water play.

This is a lovely age when your little one is on the cusp of full-blown toddlerdom but is still your baby at heart.

  • So what activities for 14 month old toddlers are you going to try today? 
  • Do you have a favourite that your little one loves?
  • Do you have an activity that I haven't mentioned and want to share with other parents? If so, drop me an email at [email protected] and let me know! I love to hear your suggestions!

Thank you for reading and until next time, with love and support, Happy Parenting!

Teething to Tantrums Author

Paula McLaren is the founder of Teething to Tantrums and has been in the childcare industry as a Norland Nanny since 1982. Since then, her mission has been to help parents become the best they can possibly be. And each year, she continues to help more families understand their child's development, the trials and joys of parenting and of course, how to care for their little ones.

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