Need some new winter activities? Some winters drag on F-O-R-E-V-E-RRRRRRRRRRRRR! My kids loved doing crafts when they were younger, now it less craft sets and more random pieces of this or that, but they still enjoy creating. Here are some of my favorite winter craft/activities.
Snow!! If you know it going to snow but you can't or don't want to go outside in it, set out a few bowls to catch the snow (set them out before it snows so that they are cold when the snow starts to fall) bring it inside and play. Obviously the snow will melt, so make sure you are in an area that can get wet. If you don't live in an area with snow or don't have any available, try this:
This can get a bit messy, but it's not cold. It will stick to you and I wouldn't recommend washing it down the drain, but it is fun when you don't have snow!
These are so much fun! It takes a while for them to grow, so prep them ahead of time, Soak them in water and let kids play with them in a bowl or plastic tub. DO NOT PUT THESE DOWN THE DRAIN, these absorb water and could block your pipes, but as long as you keep them out of your sinks and bathtubs (and toilets!!), it will be fine. Don't store them wet, they will get stinky! let them dry out and you can re use them again and again!
Some people hate this stuff because it can get everywhere! My kids played with it at the table and with a plastic table cloth on the floor to pick up any pieces. I still enjoy making things out of it or even just stamping shapes into it, (I use my nesting cups from Discovery Toys) ,
the animal shapes on the bottom make great stamps!
For more craft time ideas check out this post.
For sensory activities check out this post
How do you keep your kids occupied while inside on cold or bad weather days? Share your favorites winter activities!