indoor winter activities with a 12-24 month-old

*tap-tap* Is this thing on?  Are there any mommas out there listening?

If you live where there is snow and have a 12-24 month-old, I would love to hear what you do to entertain (and WEAR OUT) your toddler.

Little Dude is good outside (all bundled up) for just a few minutes, then he starts heading for the door back inside… I don’t blame him.

It is fun to play in the snow, but it is not fun to freeze.

With that being said, what are some indoor, at-home activities that you do during the winter months?

What we’ve done so far is:

1. play with normal, everyday toys (ya, this gets old fast)

2. rotate our regular toys, so when I bring them back out, they feel “new” again

3. play MacGyver…. you know: give him three random items and see what he builds (like straws, dried pasta & an ice cube tray)

4. organize the pantry (he was VERY into helping sort through the jars and boxes or dried foods)

5. play pots & pans (I am so happy he enjoyed this, since it was one of my favorites as a kid)

6. color (by this, I mean: he pulls out the crayons & chooses the colors that stands out most to him and I encourage him to scribble on a giant artist’s pad)

7. play piano

8. play fetch with the dogs: we’ll stand at the top of the stairs and wear out the dogs (or at least Summer, since she fetches) by throwing her choice toy down the stairs

9. take a bath: yes, when he is crabby & board, I figure WHY NOT

10. listen to an audio book


Sooooo, I know there’s massive lists out there, but I’m wondering what works best for YOU and your toddler (or “pre-toddler”).

Please comment below with ideas. 🙂

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