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.
Need activity ideas? Try a set of pre-planned, simple activities with the FREE 7-Day Toddler Challenge from Hand on as we Grow.
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.