When the weather turns from chilly to downright cold it can be really easy to fall into the trap of plopping your kids in front of a TV and just hibernating until after the first crocuses bloom.
It is easy to do!
We are all in danger of coming down with the winter blues, and that can rub off on our little ones if we don’t keep fun and creative mind running with ideas for fun and entertaining ways to occupy everyone during those frosty days.
Below are 10 tips for toddler winter activities that will be sure to give you some fantastic ideas for activities to do:
Number 1. LET’S COOK: Being stuck in the house when it is frightfully cold outside is a great time to get a head start on teaching your kids some basic intro to cooking.
Of course, be sure to keep everything age appropriate.
A simple meal that our younger ones can do a great deal of work on is egg salad.
Provide them with the hardboiled eggs, give them pointers on taking the egg shells off. For the most fun part, you can let them go to town breaking up those eggs, and then stirring in the mayo!
2. Puzzle Time: A puzzle is a really great activity to do anytime you cannot get out.
They teach your kids how to problem solve, sit still to focus on an activity, and when the project is complete they see a great picture for their reward.
Work on it as a family to create some awesome bonding time.
3. Build Your Own Fort: It is an oldie but a goodie!
You do not need to buy any of the stuff that you might see being sold.
Half of the fun is figuring out what blanket works best, and what piece of furniture to throw it over.
Once the fort is complete, there is a great deal of fun to be had sitting in their new space and playing with whatever they want.
4. Snow Coloring: We can’t hibernate like bears throughout the whole winter, even if we feel like it.
Sick of seeing that nasty old snow?
Mix yourself up a bottle (or many bottles) of food coloring and water, throw that into a spray bottle, bundle up and head outdoors.
You and the kids can create a nice scene, flowers in a landscape that has been covered in snow is always a nice touch, or go all Jackson Pollack on the mounds of snow.
What matters is that you are outside, breathing in some fresh air and having a great time.
5. Living Room Picnic: Seemingly simplistic idea, however, kids of all ages get more excited than ever if you do something just slightly out of the norm.
Make a surprise picnic, and have a meal on the floor in the living room.
Prepare a basket and make sure to have many great snacks.
There will be a lot of giggles and smiles.
6. Color Scavenger Hunt: How about sending your little ones out around the house to find items and objects of a certain color.
Great fun and for learning their colors.
7. Hallway Hopscotch: How cool would it be to grab some colored paper and tape to make your kids hopscotch down the hallway.
Do this before bed to expend the energy, then bath time and bed!
8. Indoor Water Fun: Well how about getting some ice trays, filling them up with water (plus food color dye of choice), adding little sails with paper and toothpicks for ice cube boat races.
Slide them across the bathtub for some fun in the tub.
9. A Piece Of 2 x 4 Wood? Yes! Grab a piece of wood, lay it on the floor for balance beam walking.
Great for the fine motor skills and balance for your little one.
10. Pretend Playing: Encourage this and set up a room with some real and play food and go grocery shopping!
Build a fort!
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Freezing Bubble Activity!
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Make Your Own Play Snow!
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Just a friendly reminder if your indoor activity requires the use of scissors.
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Just remember to just enjoy these toddler winter activities and have fun 🙂