Toddler Activities for Winter
Who’s tired of being stuck indoors? Don’t want to pile on the snow suits? Well, you can still have fun and stay warm indoors with these fun toddler activities for winter.
While we love playing in the snow, there’s only so much snow you can take. It’s nice to get indoors and have fun while we stay warm.
Related: Toddler Activities for Learning Fun
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What kind of activities are good for toddlers?
There are a variety of activities that are good for child development, depending on the age of the child. For toddlers, sensory activities are often helpful in promoting brain development.
These activities can be as simple as exploring different textures or playing with water. It is also important for toddlers to have opportunities for physical activity, as this helps to develop gross motor skills.
For older children, educational activities are important for cognitive development. However, it is also important to make sure that these activities are fun so that children will stay engaged.
Here are a few toddler-friendly activity ideas to get you started:
- Toddler art: toddler art is a great way to encourage creativity and fine motor skills. Try setting up a small easel with washable paint, or providing some crayons and coloring books.
- Musical instruments: toddler music time is a great way to get your little one moving and grooving. Encourage dancing, clapping, and singing along. You can use real instruments or make your own out of kitchen items like pots and pans.
- Block play: block play is toddler heaven! It’s great for promoting problem solving skills, as well as fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination. Set up a small block area with soft foam blocks or colorful wooden blocks.
- Pretend play: pretend play is a great way to encourage imaginative thinking. Provide props like toy phones, clothes, kitchen items, and dolls. Let your toddler take the lead and see where their imagination takes them!
These are just a few ideas and the possibilities are endless! Just remember to focus on activities that are fun and educational, and that will help support your toddler’s development.
Since winter is coming, I suggest you check a variety of toddler activities that can be done, such as indoor games and crafts. By providing a mix of fun and educational activities, parents can help their children to develop both physically and mentally.
Recommended Winter Books for Toddlers
Explore winter but keep warm with these fun winter books for kids.
Goodbye Autumn, Hello WinterThe MittenPete the Cat: Snow Daze (My First I Can Read)The Little SnowplowLet It SnowWhat Can You See in Winter? (Seasons)
Recommended Winter Activity Kits
This winter-themed slime is a perfect gift for your toddler. They will have lots of fun playing with this!
This very cute playdough kit features a melted snowman that kids can rebuild. Kids will love it!
Toddler Activities for Winter
Your toddler will have a great time this winter season while doing these awesome winter activities.
Simple Snowman Sensory Bin
If you have some rice and Christmas decorations, you can easily set up your own Snowman sensory bin.
Fine Motor Snowflake Sensory Bin for Kids
Your little tot will love this “snowflake soup” sensory play that will encourage fine motor skills. All you really need to have to make this activity is water, a container, kitchen utensils, foam snowflakes, and metallic liquid water colors. Make it a scented “soup” by adding some peppermint extract.
Cute Paper Plate Snowman Craft for Kids
This is a super easy craft to do with your toddler. All you need is some construction paper, 2 paper plates, and googly eyes to make this cute little snowman!
This fun indoor activity takes very little prep time, but your little one will have fun for hours with this “pompom hockey” game. This is not only a great game for one child to play alone, but also for groups to play together, too.
Snowball Drop Fine Motor Activity for Toddlers
Developing fine motor skills has never been this fun and easy to do with this activity. All you need is an empty baby wipe box and cotton balls. Hide them around the house or scatter them on the floor and have your little one gather them up and fill the box with “snowballs.”
Hot Chocolate Sensory Bin
This sensory bin is so easy to do because you probably have all of these things in your house already – dry brown beans, cotton balls, a ladle, and cups or mugs. This is a fun activity for the kids and it’s easy to have them clean up, too.
Snowflake Art For Preschool
Develop your little Picasso’s talents by helping them paint snowflakes in the easiest way possible. All you need is painter’s tape (or washi tape), painting paper, and paint to make these darling snowflake creations.
Make Your Own Play Snow
Uncommonly warm winter days won’t be a problem once you have this quick and easy recipe for playing snow. Two ingredients – baking soda and hair conditioner – make this play snow a breeze to clean up when you’re finished. You can guarantee your tiny tots will have a blast with this snow that won’t melt when they play with it inside.
A window, contact paper, cotton balls, and cotton swabs will give you an awesome activity for those days when you have to stay inside because the weather is bad. The kiddos can make whatever snow creations they want to, stick them to the window, and they will be on display as a cute winter decoration for your living room.
Bubble Wrap Hopscotch
Chilly weather doesn’t have to stop your little ones from staying active and having fun. All you need to play this game is some masking tape and some squares of bubble wrap. This game will keep them entertained for a while because what kid doesn’t love to pop bubble wrap?
Mittens aren’t just for keeping your hands warm anymore. These games revolve around mittens. There’s a mitten matching game, a memory game, and even a “find the snowball” game.
Pom Pom Snowman Sticky Wall
Try this activity with your toddler. You'll keep them busy, plus, you will have great wall decoration, too.
More Winter Activities
Popsicle Stick Snowflake Craft
This snowflake craft is super easy but so pretty. You just need some popsicle sticks, paint and some glitter to decorate your snowflakes.
For preschoolers, I’ve prepared this list of the best winter books that will surely make your early reader excited for reading time.
Snowman Books for Kindergarten
Kindergarteners will love these books about snowmen with stories that are perfect for early readers.
Winter Activities for Preschool
Christmas Snow Globe Science Experiment by STEAMsational
Snow Learning Pack by 3 Dinosaurs
So many great ways to keep the littles busy!
Oooh, so many fun ideas for my little guy! My favorite is the Hot Chocolate Sensory Bin – totally doing that after his nap 🙂