As you may have noticed, I am not a huge fan of the cold, winter months. Sure I appreciate the spirit and beauty of snow prior to and closely around Christmas time but once New Years rolls around I am all about moving straight into spring and weather that makes going outside enjoyable. We have been blessed with a few random 60 degree days recently but overall we have been trapped indoors most of this winter. I am a huge supporter of easy activities that keep little ones occupied and so here are a few of my recent successes.
1. Bubble Wrap Jumping: This was an activity that started out with the hubs and I popping some bubble wrap from a recent online purchase and when Asher tried he didn’t have the finger strength to do it so I laid it on down and he began to jump on it. He LOVED it. Sadly this activity only lasts as long as the bubbles do but hey it was a fun few minutes.
2. Finger Painting: this was actually part of his school Valentine cards but he enjoyed playing in the paint. The paint was kid friendly and wiped off the dining room table really easily so I just let him go to town and he had a blast painting the paper and himself.
3. Snow Fun Indoors: a few of the times it snowed I brought some in to the house in a baking pan and let Asher play with his construction toys and dinos until it melted. A small tip: lay a towel on the floor and the table to collect any spills.
4. Diggers in ‘dirt’: This was one of my favorite activities! Asher LOVES construction equipment and trucks and the whole auto toy industry so he really enjoys any time his toys can “dig” just like the real ones. By using a plastic bin or tote you can contain the potential mess and the little one can still enjoy the fun. For smaller more portable (ie: move about the house) fun we use the small tote with cheerios. Asher played with this set up for about 20 minutes before he ate the cheerios and called it quits. For longer play I set up a larger tote with play sand. I laid out a large sheet and he played for easily 30 minutes before I had to pull him away to eat breakfast. He has since asked for “dirt” and will sit and play with his “diggers” for endless amounts of time.
The greatest thing about each of these activities is they took no time at all to prepare and Asher loved them. What successful activities have you and your tots done recently?