I think last winter gave me a little PTSD, & I have been concerned about how this one was going to go. So far… it has been much better than last year (I can’t believe I just typed that… I better go knock on wood…)
But even with healthy-ish children, being cooped up indoors all the time can get a little crazy. I asked people on Facebook what to do with little ones during the winter, & here are 5 awesome answers!
1. We bought a smaller bounce house, a mini trampoline. We got them a kitchen, washer/dryer set and a small basket ball hoop for christmas. They are not always pulled out. We switch back and forth on what is out and not only is it new to them everytime but they get there exercise (energy outlet) and lots of pretend play. I have a 2, 3 and 4yr old. – Sarah
2. Inside dance parties, bundle up on a cold day and take 5-10 laps around the outside of the house for fun, after playing in the snow always make hot cocoa in special mugs and maybe even fun marshmallows (colored, mini, etc), make cards and mail them to someone special, always save big boxes for fun play – make boats, cars,etc. – Heather
3. Know that its ok to stay home, it really is. And learn to cycle toys, put some away, then rebring them out weeks later, its like brand new toys for very young kids. – Jill
4. Find ways to exercise creativity…both for yourself and for your little one. The open ended activities can entertain for endless amount of time. I love to paint, knit, sew, and Colin learns with me. We, also, spend time making forts, building legos, snuggling up and reading. And don’t worry about your house being messy. Embrace the chaos…there is reason for it. – Kathryn
5. Let the kids rip up piles and piles of old magazines (newspaper print comes off, so not newspaper perhaps) – pile up all the paper pieces like a leaf pile – throw them up in the air, hide in them, run and jump in them and slide through them – invite friends over to jump in the “magazine leaf pile” – eventually cleanup and vacuum and find paper bits for the next month – totally worth it – Karen
Or when all else fails do what Holly recommends… “Move to Florida!” 😉