Picture this, it’s raining, it’s cold, it’s windy, it’s… okay I’m just describing British weather! The last thing you want to do is go out. You start to panic because you don’t know what you could do at home. You’re sat with a cold cup of coffee thinking about the ways you can entertain your toddler. If you’re experiencing any of these things, this is for you. I’ve put together some of the things we’ve done in the past when the weather hasn’t been the best.
Arts and Crafts
Paper, colouring pencils, glue, scissors and Pinterest is all you need. I don’t know a toddler that doesn’t like sticking things on paper. Grab your Pinterest account and search for easy at home crafts you can do. We made a butterfly out of the toilet roll cardboard once and it was cute. You don’t have to spend a lot of money either, Poundland have a good selection of crafts for kids. Valentine’s is coming up so I’m planning on doing cute crafts with Izzy and you should too! Here’s a Pinterest board full of ideas: https://www.pinterest.co.uk/karla_andreaxo/arts-and-crafts/
This is another great activity for toddlers. It not only helps with motor skills but it allows them to use their imagination. You can grab some Play-Doh in the supermarket, stationery shop or order from your Amazon count, click here. If you’re worried about Play-Doh being too toxic for your sweet angels you can make some at home! I personally haven’t tried it yet but I’ve heard its just as good.
Here’s a recipe: https://www.familyeducation.com/fun/playdough/play-doh-recipes
We’ve done a couple of baking days at home with Izzy, the first one was a complete fail. I bought a cookie mix and followed the instructions and our oven burnt them because it is literally spitting fire. However, I’ve learnt how to use it and have made some decent cupcakes with Izzy. If you’re like me and don’t have ALL the baking equipment and your toddler prefers a cartoon cupcake mix – go for the mix. It’s fun, easy and if you have a perfect working oven, it really is simple. Again, it’s good for their motor skills and you can lick the bowl together.
We have a designated box for Izzy’s costumes and I’m working on building that for her. So far she has a bright pink princess dress, a Frozen dress, a reindeer costume and some small bits. I’ve found that playing dress up allows Izzy to get into character and with some music playing in the background we have fun. Yes, this is one activity you’re bound to enjoy and it won’t be as stress inducing.
Okay, this isn’t really an activity that will get their brains going but who doesn’t love a film? How many times have you been at work, with crappy weather and you thought ‘ugh. I’d love to be at home right now, watching a film’. Your toddler probably feels the same so mama, give in to some screen time, make some popcorn, put on their favourite film and cuddle up. We don’t do this often but when we do, it’s the best.
So there you have it, some easy, fun and simple entertaining activities you can do at home with your toddler. All of these have been tested and while some activities (baking) can be a stress inducing one for me because it can get messy – it’s still fun! Rainy, cold, windy days doesn’t mean you’ll be bored, it’s time to make the most of everyday.