20 Ways to Keep Toddlers Busy in Winter

This post was most recently updated on January 31st, 2019

Sometimes you find yourself stuck at home when it’s cold, or the kiddos are sick, and you need to keep them entertained.

Whether you need a break to get your list of to-do’s done or to study, it’s also important that your child learn how to play independently.

This will also foster creative play in their minds, and sharpen those fine motor skills.

The best part is this list includes most items that can be obtained 

on the cheap!:

  • Dollar store
  • Reseller or consignment
  • Laying around in your house (amiright?)

20 Ways to Keep Toddlers Busy in Winter

  1. Boxes that can turn into cafes, airplanes, or teepees.
  2. Make slime from glue, baking soda, and saline.
  3. Markers and coloring books.
  4. Train track assembly.
  5. Safety scissors and construction paper and glue stick craft projects
  6. Pipe cleaners and beads to thread
  7. Pom pom balls – pick up with tweezers or place into buckets with holes
  8. Window clings to stick
  9. Fridge magnets and magnetic board or easel
  10. Doctor kit and stuffed animal checkup
  11. Chalk and board or driveway/sidewalk
  12. Paintbrush, cup of water, and colored construction paper
  13. Put paint inside a tiptop bag and they can fingerpaint
  14. Use play food and have them prepare a meal
  15. Play dough
  16. Corral ball pit and balls
  17. Balloons and a box as a goal
  18. Magnetic puzzle and fishing pole
  19. White board and dry erase markers
  20. Make cards using construction paper, glue sticks, markers, craft supplies

Interested in getting out with toddlers? Here are ideas for more activities!

How can you get anything done when they are underfoot? And you don’t want more screen time?

It’s close to Christmas, and my 4 year old has been obsessed with wrapping presents. He’s spent most of this morning occupied with a little bit of mess. I will take it over whining.

What are your favorite indoor toddler busy activities?

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