Have the winter blues? Check out these ideas for some fun with your child!
1. Fort Winter
Sheets, blankets, cushions and pillows are all it takes for a magical afternoon at home. You can even create a “fort kit” box for that very purpose, and drop ripped or old bedding in it for future building. Serve a snack, read a book, do some physical therapy, or encourage a nap – everything is more fun in a fort.
2. The Noodle Pool
Swimming in winter? Sure – why not? Cut pool noodles down to six-inch lengths and fill the tub (or a baby pool) with them. Softer than a ball pit, fun for “swimming” or rolling around but the benefits are still there. The brightly colored pieces offer sensory stimulation for children with special needs, as well as strengthening motor skills . And when you’re done, store them in a laundry bag tucked into the closet.
3. Puppet Parade
Paper bags or discarded socks, some markers and yarn and suddenly puppets are ready to have some fun. Act out a story or get out some excess energy by leading the newly made friends in a march around the house.
4. Drive In Movie
Big boxes left over from the holidays? Cut off any flaps so the top is entirely free (and smooth for curious fingers) then set the kids off to decorate them. This is a fun time to practice naming colors or using crayons to draw their names on the works of art. Is there something the teacher is encouraging you to work on over break? Everything is better when you’re practicing on your own cars, boat, or plane. Then everyone gets to park his or her new rides in the living room for a movie! Snacks optional…but a juice box would be awesome.
5. Go Fish
Bring out those pool noodles, reuse old rubber fish or ducks from toddler tub years and let’s play a game. Fill a bucket of noodles per child (and you!) and hide a few toys inside. Make it a race or just some fun – the noodles can go flying without doing damage and the winner finds the fish first! This is a great activity for when therapy or play time is disrupted by weather. Build fine motor skills and practice taking turns while having fun!