Enjoying winter with toddlers really can be easy. There is something magical about how toddlers view winter; everything is new and wondrous, even if its their 3rd winter! I vividly recall standing at the window with my first child as he watched snow flakes drift silently to the ground for the first time. He was captivated.
Since then I have been lucky to share the magic of winter with quite a few more toddlers. Each winter I find new ways to appreciate winter with the little people in my life and I wanted to share some of them with you.
One of the most helpful tips I’ve found about dealing with busy toddlers during winter when somtimes it’s harder to get outdoors is to watch the rhythm of your day. Bursts of more energetic activity, followed by down time resting, then followed again by something that involves getting outdoors or using their body for big gross motor play can keep toddlers on an even keel.
Active Play for Toddlers in Winter:
- With the right outdoor gear for your tot, you can enjoy snow activities with toddlers.
- If you’re stuck indoors, you can play with toys that help burn energy and get toddlers moving.
- A sensory activity can be the perfect way to engage toddlers inside due to winter weather – Play doh is a particular sanity saver around here.
- Making an obstacle course gets toddlers moving
too, Hands on as We Grow has some fantastic easy to make obstacle course ideas.
- And, as the saying goes – if they get cranky, put them in water. Bathtime can be a fun way to do a bit of sensory/water play in winter. Here are some of our favorite bath toys for toddlers in the tub.
Follow active play with a snuggle and good book. These are our favorite books about winter:
An outlandish story with stunning pictures about a lost mitten and an impossible amount of animals who find their way inside of the mitten.
Getting ready to play in the snow can be long process and Froggy seems to be having an even harder time than usual. The use of onomatopoeia and repetition in this story really appeal to young children. Because this story is about getting dressed it’s a great choice for helping toddlers learn about the need for extra clothing in the winter
A wintery spin on the itsy bitsy spider, you can read or sing the words. The illustrations are fun and inviting. We enjoy making up our own fingerplay motions or acting out this story.
Cubs First Winter by Rebecca Elliot
This sweet story follows a fox cub as he explores the changes he sees around him in during the winter. The illustrations are charming and calming.
Skippy Jon Jones Snow What by Judy Schachner
The series of books about Skippy Jon Jones, the cat who thinks he is a chihuahua, are hilarious and Snow What is no exception. As usual the kittyboy meanders in to his closet full of imaginary realms and finds himself on a wintery quest. While this story is on the longer side for toddlers I have found the rhymes alliteration and songs woven though out the story to be engaging enough to hold their attention.
More Toddler Fun can be found here: