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5 Things to do with a Toddler on a Snow Day or While Staying at Home

5 activities to do with your toddler on a snow or rain day

Today’s 5 Things Friday is a guest post brought to you by blogger and mama, Mallory Herrera. Her blog, Mama on Parade, is all about helping new moms navigate the adventure that is motherhood.

Portland Summer and Two Bits having fun in the snow

5 Things to do with a Toddler on a Snow Day

By Mallory Herrera, Mama on Parade

Update: Since everyone is at home these days, I wanted to share this post again in case anyone needs some new ideas on how to keep your little ones entertained. Hopefully, everyone is finding their own rhythm and making it through these tough times.

There is nothing worse than having a toddler full of energy trapped inside on a snow day. There is not enough coffee in the world to handle that kind of energy.

So, what do you do? Check out these easy ways to keep your toddler entertained on a snow day.

1. Have a Dance Party

My kid loves music. I mean absolutely LOVES it.

An easy way to keep him entertained for a little while is to turn on Pandora on my phone or crank up Alexa and dance it out. I personally like the Disney station, probably because I know all the words to the songs.

We turn it on, we sing, we dance, and we have a great time. It’s great for him because he can get out some of his pent-up energy, and it’s great for me because dancing raises endorphins and puts me in a good mood.

A happy mama makes for a happy baby.

Here is a list of the best Pandora stations for kids, check them out!

2. Play with Balloons

Have a pack of balloons on hand for emergencies. My kiddo loves the different colors and he gets such a kick out of watching me blow them up.

Playing with the balloons are also a great learning opportunity for toddlers. Throwing, catching, and kicking the balloons all teach dexterity and hand-eye coordination.

Here are 19 different games you can play indoors with balloons!

3. Create Your Own Sensory Bin

Sensory bins don’t have to be fancy and filled with things like moon sand and star dust (whatever that stuff is). It can be filled with things you already have around the house.

Dried corn, rice, dried beans, and other grains are great options for a sensory bit. Just add your filler and a few toys and let your kiddo go to town.

If you want to get brave, then you can even use water.

My kid loves playing in water, and I’d much rather it be a sensory bin than the dog’s water bowl. Though it requires a bit more cleanup, seeing him have that much fun is totally worth a little water on the floor.

Here are some more ideas for ways to get creative while building your sensory bin.

4. Play with a Busy Board

Setting up your busy board will take a little bit of prep work, but the payoff can be huge.

I’m not sure what it is about kids and wanting to play with all of the random items around the house, but I suppose I should be thankful since those things are cheaper than toys.

To create your busy board, just take a piece of wood (think plywood width) and attach normal household items to it. The items can be anything that your kid would find entertaining.

Things like:

  • Light switches
  • Deadbolts
  • Toilet paper rolls
  • Wheels
  • Door stoppers

Pretty much anything that we as adults would easily overlook, a toddler will find it interesting.

I know that my toddler certainly has an affinity for light switches. He would probably flip the lights on and off all day if I would let him, but he’s heavy so that’s just not happening.

Here are some fantastic ideas for building your own busy board!

5. Color in a Box

Child coloring. 5 tips for entertaining a toddler on a snow day

You’re probably panicking at the idea of your toddler getting a hold of some crayons for an art project, but hear me out.

Instead of trying to keep your toddler from coloring all over the table and walls rather than the paper, have him color on a box.

Find a large cardboard box, an appliance box is even better. You want something big enough for your child to sit in. Then let him color to his heart’s content.

He can color anywhere inside the box, and if you have a younger toddler then you probably won’t have to worry about him being able to get out and color on the walls.

This could give you a much-needed chance to sit down and finally drink that cup of coffee that you made 3 hours ago.

What activities have you found to keep your toddler entertained on a rainy day? Leave me a comment below.

Are you traveling with your toddler soon? Check out 5 Tips for Traveling with your Toddler.

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