Watch a one-year-old engaged in play. See the look of concentration on his or her face. This child is actually hard at work. Play is the major way that babies and toddlers learn. Up until about two years of age, children are in the sensorimotor stage of development, meaning that they learn from using their senses and from manipulating objects. They don’t need a lot of toys, as ordinary items are fascinating to them. As parents, our job is to make sure their environments are safe, to provide them with stimulating items to play with and to nudge them toward new ways to explore their worlds. The following activities are suitable for children around one year of age. With modifications, they can be enjoyed by children earlier and later. Of course, children have different personalities and interests, even at young ages, so your child will have favorites among these ideas for play.