Enjoying winter with toddlers can be really easy. There is something magical about how toddlers view winter and snow; everything is new and different! It’s important to find new ways to appreciate winter with the little people in your life, here are a few that we’ve compiled for those long winter days!
Snow Play for Ages 18 months – 2 years old:
- Stack snow balls and knock them down, it sounds simple, but few children can resist it.
- Load and tote snowballs. What toddler doesn’t like to carry things from one place to another? Make a game of it with a small bucket or tote.
- Build a snow man. Do you want to build a snowman? I mean, who doesn’t?
Snow Play for Ages 2 – 4 years old:
- Excavate – bury an item in the snow and let your child find it by digging with their hands or a mini snow shovel or scoop.
- Make a target on the fence with side walk chalk and throw snow balls at it.
- Build snow castles with cups and food storage containers.
- Make a snow kitchen – bring out some utensils, bowls and pots and let the cooking begin.
- Draw in the snow with a stick or practice writing letters or their name in the snow!
- Fill spray bottles with water and food coloring to paint the snow with colored water. Toddlers love spray bottles and this activity satisfies that and creating snowy master pieces.
Indoor Activities for your Toddler:
- Build an Indoor Play Gym using your child’s small pool from the summer and fill it with balls, buckets and other toys for them to play with. Bringing your small slide, tunnel or other outdoor toys inside during the summer is a great way to make your own little play gym.
- Sensory Bins: This is a learning and development activity and the internet has endless ideas on how to make these! Sensory bins are visual, textural, and audible and can help with fine motor skills, matching, and even counting. Here is a great resource with over 60 bin ideas to try!
- Pretend Play: What toddler doesn’t love to dress up and pretend to be a superhero? Host a tea party together or allow your child to have some alone time pretending to be their favorite tv or movie character.
- Build a Fort: All you need is pillows and blankets for this simple activity. Once you help them build the fort of their dreams, why not snuggle in for some story time?
Besides going to a movie, visiting a museum or indoor play zone, there are so many free activities that you are able to do in your home with your toddler! Enjoy the winter together by trying some of these out this year!