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With the weather being a bit damp, I figured today was a good day for a few indoor toddler activity ideas. This list I’ve been keeping around since my own kids (now 10 and 13) were little. Honestly I don’t think much has changed as far as simple indoor toddler activities go, since it is very simple to keep a toddler entertained with a limited (or non-existent) budget.
At some point, it happens. The electricity goes out for a number of reasons – storms, ice, power company issues, etc. We’ve become so dependent on electricity that we often don’t know what to do with ourselves. No TV, no video games, no movies, and no computer. If you are lucky to have battery operated devices such as MP3s or radios, you’ll have a bit of entertainment. However, the fascination doesn’t last for long with kids, and they’ll soon be looking for something to do.
This list covers ten different activities for both night and day when your lights go out.
During the day:
Even though it’s not the most entertaining activity, it’s still one that needs to be done. If possible, get the kids involved in dusting or cleaning areas they can reach, while you take care of the cobwebs in the corners.
2. Play games.
Hopefully, you have a game or two stashed in a closet somewhere. Pull it out and play with the family! If your home has gone totally digital, make up a game. Ask the kids to make up a game, since they’re imaginations can come up with almost anything.
Are there projects you want to get to, such as sewing or painting? Without a computer, you now have the time to.
4. Clean the House.
Since all you need are window cleaner and a paper towel, get the windows cleaned. Don’t forget the mirrors, too! You can also pull out the furniture polish, or scrub the neglected cupboards and drawers.
5. Sort clothes.
Kids grow out of clothes fast, and there’s always a stash of outgrown items somewhere. Use this time to sort them and put them into bags.
6. Go outside.
If the weather is nice enough, go outside. If it’s not, bundle up and go outside anyway! Go for a walk, go sledding, or pull weeds. If the weather is really nasty, you may want to skip this option. If possible, though, attempt to find an activity outside of the home.
If you have a laptop or computer that runs on a batter, sit down and do some writing for fun. If nothing else, you can always write the old fashioned way – with paper and pencil.
Not on the phone – with the people in your house! Remember those people you talked to before there were all the electronic distractions? Sit down and chat for a while! Ask about current events, friends, or anything else that comes to mind. You may be surprised with how well your family can communicate with each other if given the chance.
3. Tell stories.
Take turns making up stories, or telling parts of stories. You can also have the kids share their favorite books with everyone.
4. Pretend your camping.
Grab the sleeping bags and tents! Set up right in the living room, minus the roaring fire (unless, of course, you own a fireplace). Grab some snacks and pretend you’re out in the wilderness!
There are lots of activities that can be done when the lights go out; you just have to be creative. We’ve become a spoiled society with our modern advances, sometimes it’s nice to remember what it’s like without them.
I’m worse than the kids this time of year, I really am. I get so flipping excited I can barely sit still, and it’s not just on the day of Halloween…it’s the whole dang month. Before then, even, with everything coming out WAY early with every holiday. With this particular seasonal festivity, though, I don’t mind. To me there’s just a certain electricity it creates, and it excites me.
Imagine my giddiness when I spotted “Oktoberfest” going on in a near by town. It was in the back of my head for the past week already as something we may be doing on the 2nd, but what really sealed the deal is when I see the words “FREE”. Oh snap! Did you say FREE? *grin*
I’m pretty excited, and so are the kids. They’ve got a bounce house, face painting, pumpkin painting, bowling, games, and loads of other stuff going on. All wrapped around the fall theme and Halloween spirit. Oh yes, it will be an awesome day!
What’s going on in YOUR town this month? If you haven’t looked, go do it! You might be surprised what you find!
What easier way to keep a toddler entertained than with a big book of stickers? They’re easier on walls than crayons, that’s for sure (and if you have never had the pleasure of scrubbing crayon off the wall, may I just say you are lucky… so far).
Sticker books aren’t hard to come across. You can run to your local dollar store, but if you want to bring out the big books of stickers, you might need to look elsewhere. We did some digging and found some excellent sticker books for toddlers available on Amazon, and have listed some of them below.
Melissa & Doug Sticker Collections
Each of these featured sticker books contain THOUSANDS of stickers for a little bit of nothing. By far one of the best prices we’ve ever seen on sticker books. Plus you have you choice between pink, blue, purple, and green books for a kid with any taste. (Note – there’s some other fun products from Melissa & Doug mixed in this page, not just sticker books. Check them out!)
My Big Book Of Stickers
Yup, you guessed it. A big book of stickers. The best part of these particular stickers, though, is you can reuse them. This book will cost you a bit more, but it’s better in the long run to get the most bang for your buck. Includes over 400 stickers, and can be a great learning tool for toddlers.
Sticker Activity ABC (Sticker Activity Fun)
What better sticker book for a toddler than one that teaches them the ABCs? I’m a sucker for learning toys, and this one nails it. Includes coloring pages as well. Cheap price, which I’m also a sucker for.
Giant Sticker Activity – First Words
Another learning tool. More specifically, teaching toddlers how to read with the use of stickers. Fun and educational. It’s never too early to start teaching a kid how to read!
Winnie the Pooh (Ultimate Sticker Books)
What toddler doesn’t love Winnie the Pooh? I had to list this one, just because my oldest son was so in love with anything Pooh bear when he was little. This sticker book has somewhat of a purpose, where you put the stickers in specific places.
My Giant Sticker Activity Book (with CD)
Need something a little extra? This giant sticker book comes with a CD full of games, puzzles, and coloring pages. The price is right on this product too, costing less than some CDs alone full of activities. I love learning tools, especially when they can be done on the computer!
Make Your Own Pizza Sticker Activity Book
Not ready to let your toddler help you in the kitchen? Then let them make their own pizza with this fun (and cheap) sticker book! Includes all kinds of toppings to help them make the best pizza ever.
Still need more sticker books for toddlers? See more on Amazon.com!
When the snow starts coming down and the kids are cheering “Snow day! Yay!”, most the time us parents are wondering how we’re going to survive yet another day trapped inside.
The kid may not be crazy about all these snow day ideas, but they can be sanity savers for moms. Plus it makes use of “lost day” so to speak.
1. Bring out the Games
Have a Wii? Special computer games? Other game systems? Or maybe (*gasp!*) actual board games? Bring em out and get to playing! Have competitions, see who can beat who in how much time. Just spend some times together! (I recommend the Wii the most, of course, since it will keep you all active AND playing together. Snow day doesn’t have to mean “sitting on your rear” day!)
2. Clean the House
Take a look around, are there projects you have put aside for “one of these days”? Well, today might just be that day. Clean out your closets, organize the junk drawers, go through that stack of papers you’ve been meaning to get to. You’re stuck inside, so why not?
3. Bake Goodies
I can’t think of a better way to spend a cold winter’s day than baking. Dust off those old recipe books and get to making some of your favorites. You may not be able to get out of the house to get some of the ingredients, but chances are there’s some easy ones you can still make. Sugar cookies comes to mind, and I think we all have the stuff to make those at all times. Make some variations if you have to, just have fun!
Have some snow day activities you’ve used in the past? Post them below!