irritability, listlessness, and similar symptoms resulting from long confinement or isolation indoors during the winter.
We know the feeling. We’ve all experienced it. Whether it’s because you are snowed in, rained in, frozen in, stomach bugged in, humidity-ed in, no car-ed in, whatever the reason you are stuck inside with tiny humans it can get tense, reaaallllll quick. Get through the day with these easy, minimal prep activities.
Cotton Ball Snow Angels
-Cotton balls or craft puffs for “rainbow snow” (no cotton balls? no problem! Crumple up scrap paper, tissue paper, toilet paper, whatever you’ve got!)
Have your child lay on his back and count to 3. Dump the cotton balls all over him and let him make snow angels. Have him collect the “snow” and put it back in the bin/bowl/bag to do it again.
Extending the activity:
-Sing a winter song
-Count the snowballs
-Let them roll around in the “snow”, throw it in the air themselves, have a snowball fight
Play Doh Invitation to Play
Note: your child’s snowman will NOT look like this.
-play doh of any color
-snowman making materials: sticks, stones, buttons, baby socks for hat, googly eyes, baby carrots, anything you can find in your junk drawer or craft box
-glitter if you’re brave.
Place all items in small containers or bowls so your child can see all there is to offer (this is perfect). He may decide to only use one item or just the play doh. Practice rolling the play doh into balls. Stacking the balls. Push the balls down to make a melting snowman.
-Actual snow if it’s available, otherwise bring back those cotton balls/paper snowballs, or crack some ice cube trays
-2 pots or large bowls
-spoons, cups, small bowls
Spread the towel out and have a snowball picnic. Allow your child to scoop and pour from one bowl to the other. If snow is in short supply, fill a bowl with an inch or two of water (it will go a long way!) and a handful of ice cubes. Your little will LOVE scooping the ice from the water. Make a coffee, sit back and scroll through the gram.
-music or favorite songs
-blue suede shoes
As simple as it sounds, this will surely get some energy out. Practice directional words like “stop/go” or “fast/slow” Hint: dance with your child, you both need it.
How else do you get through a looonnng day? Leave a comment below!