Welcome! I’m Julie over at Naptime Review. I am a mom of two wild, crazy and beautiful girls. My oldest just turned 4 and my baby is 16 months old. These are some of our favorite activities when it’s too cold to play outside:
Years ago, before Alice arrived into this world, we transformed our basement into an in-home preschool. I was responsible for teaching 6 kids including Averie. It was a lot of fun! I loved working with that age.
Now, my preschool is on hold so we now use that space as a special play area. I would like going down to the preschool to be a special treat. So when it is too cold to go outside and enjoy the day we enjoy playing downstairs in the preschool. It has everything you can imagine, such as library, computer, art table and easel, dress ups, music, pretend kitchen, and much more. As Alice is getting older she really enjoys our trips to the preschool.
There was definitely a time when I would have drawn a blank on this one. However, like many aspects involving motherhood, I’ve grown in patience and creativity…
With three little ones who would absolutely LIVE outside if I let them, the key is creativity and viewing the world as a child.
I actually laughed when I read this week’s topic because when I read it I was standing outside pushing my girls on the swings in 78 degree weather! We rarely get days that are too cold to play outside, however, in the summer time we do get many a day that it is too hot to play outside. So it’s good to have some tricks up your sleeve.
My kids really enjoy playing games. Whether it be our own crazy made up version of “memory” (which really just consists of matching anything that makes sense – like Ariel and Flounder rather than Ariel and Ariel!) or doing large floor puzzles, the kids like games. Our favorite game is called “Hullabaloo.” It’s from the makers of Cranium, and there are floor pieces you stand on and then follow directions from the “brain” as it tells you what to move to. It’s something I enjoy playing with them as well!
Arts and crafts are hit or miss. Unless it’s a really unusual project, I can’t hold their attention span for more than 10 minutes, and it usually takes a lot more than that to set up and clean up.
Finally, they have a new favorite game since Christmas. My five and three year old entertained themselves for over an hour the other day collecting up their books and toys and wrapping them in Christmas paper and having a gift exchange. It was too much fun for everyone! So I will be stocking up on wrapping paper and tape the next time I see it on mega sale! Awesomesauce!
We also love to read! Christian is really mastering the skill of reading, so he’s able to read books to Isabella and me. Isabella is mesmerized by him when he reads to her. It’s precious! Isabella even takes her turn “reading” to us and jabbering! I think that reading is so important for a child’s development and I’m thrilled my kids enjoy it as much as they do!
Another go-to activity we do during the winter months is puzzles! Christian went through a phase where all he wanted to do was puzzles, so we have a bunch! Isabella is still too young to understand it, but she sits with us and hands us the pieces. It’s good coordination development for her at the same time! Love spending this time with them!!
Here’s the recipe for Perfect Playdough:
2 c. flour
1/2 c. salt
1-2 pkg. unsweetened Kool-Aid (or food coloring)
2 Tbsp. cream of tartar
2 Tbsp. veg. oil
2 c. water
In a large pot, combine all the dry ingredients. Mix well and add oil, water (and food coloring if you did not choose to use Kool-Aid). Stir over medium heat until mixture is almost too hard to stir (it will still look a little wet). Dump out onto counter top (be careful- it’s HOT!) and allow to cool for a few minutes. Knead until smooth and pliable. Store in an airtight container. Enjoy!!!!
What is your favorite indoor activity when it’s too cold to play outside?
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