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
- Dollar store
- Reseller or consignment
- Laying around in your house (amiright?)
20 Ways to Keep Toddlers Busy in Winter
- Boxes that can turn into cafes, airplanes, or teepees.
- Make slime from glue, baking soda, and saline.
- Markers and coloring books.
- Train track assembly.
- Safety scissors and construction paper and glue stick craft projects
- Pipe cleaners and beads to thread
- Pom pom balls – pick up with tweezers or place into buckets with holes
- Window clings to stick
- Fridge magnets and magnetic board or easel
- Doctor kit and stuffed animal checkup
- Chalk and board or driveway/sidewalk
- Paintbrush, cup of water, and colored construction paper
- Put paint inside a tiptop bag and they can fingerpaint
- Use play food and have them prepare a meal
- Play dough
- Corral ball pit and balls
- Balloons and a box as a goal
- Magnetic puzzle and fishing pole
- White board and dry erase markers
- 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?