How your 11-month-old might play now

    • He can stand unassisted and cruise along the furniture
    • Her babbling begins to have the inflections of language
    • He understands that smaller objects fit in larger ones
    • She can pull herself up and sit securely
    • He understands what "no" means but may be too curious to resist
    • She can respond to one or two commands
Toys that encourage eye-hand coordination
  • crawlerImg

    Brilliant Basics™ Baby’s First Blocks

    Fine Motor Sensory Thinking & Problem Solving
  • crawlerImg

    Laugh & Learn™ Cookie Shape Surprise™

Help your baby learn more:

    • “What comes next?” Introduce sequencing by laying pieces out on the floor, with the biggest piece at one end and the smallest at the other. Talk about the sizes: “This is the biggest cup and this is the smallest.”
    • New discoveries. Let your child be the discoverer and explorer, because that's the joy of play!
Play phones and devices
  • crawlerImg

    Laugh & Learn™ Click 'n Learn Remote

  • crawlerImg

    Laugh & Learn™ Smilin’ Smart Phone™

  • crawlerImg

    Brilliant Basics™ Friendly Flip Phone™

Help your baby learn more:

    • Let’s chat. Promote your child’s language development and encourage early “conversations” by pretending to call her, or helping her call her dolls and stuffed animals.
    • Again! Again! He’ll want to press the buttons and hear the sounds over and over again, so let him go. Besides being good for a laugh, these actions cement in his mind the idea that his actions cause something else to happen.

Catch the Firefly

Average Rating

As your baby becomes more mobile, she likes to play games of chase and catch. Here’s a game that will keep your baby moving as she tries to catch the “firefly” on the bedroom wall.


  • Cardboard
  • Scissors
  • Flashlight
  • Tape
  • Dark room


  • Cut out a bug shape, such as a firefly, from cardboard, small enough to fit over the lens of the flashlight.
  • Secure the stencil over the flashlight with tape.
  • Make yourself and your baby comfortable in a bedroom and turn off the lights.
  • Turn on the flashlight and shine it at the wall next to your baby.
  • Move the light slowly along the wall, to attract your baby’s attention.
  • Tell your baby to go get the firefly that’s buzzing around the wall.
  • Move the light slowly away as your baby approaches it and tries to catch it.


Reassure your baby if she gets scared in the dark.

Learning skills

  • Cause and effect
  • Locomotion and coordination
  • Motor control

Playing for Keeps: The Seriousness of Play to Little Children

Another way to stimulate baby’s interest and learning is to hang a mobile 8 to 12 inches over the cot. Babies are entranced by figures that dance and sway above them. A simple way to stimulate vision is to hang a specially made baby mirror in the Read More

Development of Learning, 7-12 months

The baby books and magazines you’ll have read will have told you that your baby’s learning will develop in leaps and bounds in the seven to twelve month period. As he becomes more mobile, as his memory improves and as his confidence in hi Read More

Bath Time and Water Play: Pour on the Learning!

Many children love to take long baths because it's such a soothing experience. But it's also an opportunity for a form of creative play that doesn't take place anywhere else. For example, did you know that basic math and science lessons c Read More