When cold weather sets in, we spend more and more time indoors. Sure, we aim to get outside for at least a bit each day—maybe for a walk or for some snow play if there’s some new snow, but for the most part we’re in the house. My indoor standbys are reading stories, baking, and getting out the art supplies. Those are all great ways to spend time together indoors, but in preparation for this winter, I’ve been compiling a longer list of ideas to do with my toddler. Some of these I’ve done in the past with my older daughter when she was younger; most I found around the web.
Now I feel prepared. Bring on the winter!
1. Make A Magnetic Tin Face
Kids can have fun mixing and matching magnetic noses, eyes, and mouths for funny faces. (Learn how to make it on A Girl And A Glue Gun.)
2. Ice Cube Boats
These tiny ice cube boats skate along in a shallow bath for indoor water fun.
3. Prepare For Play Dates
Ideas for preparing for an indoor play date. (Learn more on Childhood 101).
4. Erupt A Volcano
Create an impromptu kid-sized volcano and erupt it on the kitchen table using this kid-friendly experiment from Science Bob.
5. Play Grocery Store
Encourage pretend play by helping your kiddos set up a grocery store using a mix of real and pretend foods.
6. Make Gak Or Flubber
This stuff is so much fun! I’d reserve it for the older toddlers and preschoolers, as long as they’re not putting stuff in the mouth. (Find the recipe on Mom To 2 Posh Little Divas.)