Well, this is a first. I’m snowed in with my toddler while my husband is off gallivanting. He is duck hunting…having fun I’m sure. And that’s ok. My son and I are making our own fun. We rarely get snow in our part of North Carolina so it’s exciting. Unfortunately we didn’t get as much as expected, but it’s just enough. I’ve had to get creative to keep my little man entertained, because all he wants to do is be outside. Here’s what we’ve been getting into!
We got into daddy’s shaving cream. You just give a good spray of shaving cream on a glass door or table, smear it all around and let your little get messy in it! This is a great multi-sensory experience for kiddos. Draw pictures, make letters and write words for a fun and educational time. Shaving cream cleans up easily with dry paper towels and leaves the surface nice and clean too.
Before my husband left, I made sure he filled our bird feeder with seed. I also sprinkled birdseed on our porch right in front of the doors to get the birdies close. My son has really enjoyed watching the birds. We talk about them and make “tweet tweet” sounds. You can also make pinecone birdfeeders together, which will attract birds and squirrels.
Work together in the kitchen
Pull up a chair and let your little stand beside you and help as you make snacks or meals. We had fun using alphabet cookie cutters to make a “F” sandwich. After you make your goodies, eat them together!
While you’re in the kitchen, break out the muffin tin! Have littles fill it with most anything they enjoy. My little man was into filling his with ball pit balls today. He filled it one-by-one, dumped the balls out, then I tried to shoot the balls back into the tin. He got a big kick out of that. Check out this post for more Muffin Tin Activities.
Read books together and let your little play and explore with books independently. Pick out two or three books, show them to your toddler and let them choose which book they would like to read. Read as many books as your toddler will sit for. Give them a little break then read some more! Always have books within your baby’s reach. Reading with toddlers supports language development 100%! Click here for read aloud tips for babies.
Bubbles provide great entertainment for littles. They can pop, stomp, clap and catch them. Once the bubbles have all popped, be sure to encourage some form of communication (talking, signing or gesturing) before blowing more.
Bundle babies up and get outside! This is by far my little man’s favorite activity. This is his second snow. The first being when he was five months old. This snow is really cool because he is able to interact with it. Going outside in the snow is an awesome sensory experience for littles. They use all of their senses to interpret the scenery. You can make snowballs, snow angels, sled, taste snow, transfer snow from one area to another or make a baby snowman. I bought the stuff to make snow cream, but that didn’t work out for us. Maybe next time. Going outside is great because other than dressing your little to look like Ralphie’s kid brother from A Christmas Story, parents can sit back and watch. Kiddos create their own fun in the elements.
Take off those cold, wet clothes, turn on music and let babies bask in a warm bath. My son loves baths, so I can always depend on it when all else fails. The bathtub will buy me around thirty minutes of entertainment.
There you have it, a picture guide of what we’ve gotten into so far on this snow day. Hope you found it helpful. We are hunkered down for a few more nights of record cold temperatures here in NC. At least my husband is expected home tonight! If you’re on the strugglebus of what to do with your stir-crazy toddler, give these activities a try. If you are snowed in like us, what are you doing to keep the kiddos busy?!?! Please share and take care.
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