When you have little ones, Winter can be hard. They still need to get their wiggles out, but the weather doesn’t always cooperate. Luckily, our Winter has been pretty mild this year, allowing us to get outdoors a bit. But there have definitely still been days when we’ve struggled. These indoor activities for toddlers will help keep your littlest ones entertained!
This is one of my favorites because you already have everything you need at home! I typically use a large baking pan, dry beans, and all of the measuring cups my toddler can get her hands on. Does it make a mess? Yea. But she is entertained for hours! (No dry beans? Try rice or partially fill a large plastic tub with water!)
DIY slime or playdoh
Shaving cream play
It really doesn’t get easier than this! Just throw down a vinyl table cloth, and spray some shaving cream. Little ones will love drawing pictures or even practicing writing their numbers and letters! (Don’t have a table cloth? Try a glass table or even a large cookie sheet!)
Play with magnets
Don’t have a magnetic chalkboard or refrigerator? No problem. This is another time a large cookie sheet comes in handy! Before my daughter had an easel, I picked up magnet sets at the dollar store and let her go to town on a large cookie sheet! I’ve also found magnet sets in the dollar section at Target!
Break out the cardboard
All those Amazon prime boxes come in handy sometimes! My toddler loves to fill them with things or you know, sit in them. Have toilette paper or paper towel rolls sitting around? Let them become megaphones or binoculars. Or cut them up into smaller cylinders and let your little ones string them to make a chain!
My child is obsessed with sprinkles, anyone else? I always keep a roll of pre-made cookie dough in the fridge for desperate times. She loves picking out which cookie cutter to use and then sprinkling them with way too many sprinkles. But hey, she’s happy, and mama gets cookies too.
The beauty of this is that anything can be sorted! Throw out some bins and let your little one sort duplos or megablox by color! Or you know those beans you used for the sensory tub? Mix several types and sort those into tupperware!
You can’t forget the simple stuff! Pour some glue into a small container and give your child a paintbrush. Let him tear up construction paper and glue it back on another page using the paintbrush. (Let glue on the fingers is always a win!) Break out the markers and crayons and let him create some more!
Do you have any ideas to add?