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Combatting Cabin Fever with Activities for Toddlers

When the wind blows and temperatures drop below far freezing, forget snowmen and snow angels. You have no choice but to stay inside, even if you have a toddler. Here are a few activities to help keep both of you sane, without zoning out in front of the TV:

 

Go on a scavenger hunt.

Create a scavenger hunt inside your home. Hide toys that your little one is familiar with- favorite blankets, stuffed animals and trucks. Then set your little one lose to find his or her prized possessions in goofy spots.

 

Build a fort.

Nothing beats an old fashioned fort. Construct a castle out of cushions, pillows and blankets. The best part? Let your little one destroy his masterpiece.

 

Paint faces.

Lock the two of you in the bathroom and play face paint. Before you know it, both of you will be covered in tribal war paint, but never fear, the tub is just a couple steps away.

 

Make homemade playdough.

Spend some time concocting homemade playdough together and then playing with it. Here’s a simple recipe:

-Mix 1 cup of water, 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil, ½ cup of salt, 1 tablespoon of cream of tartar, food coloring.

-Heat the ingredients in a saucepan until warm.

-Take the mixture away from the heat and add 1 cup of flour.

-Simply stir and kneed until you have a smooth, thick texture.

-When you’re done playing with it, throw the playdough into the fridge in an airtight bag.

 

Buy some shower paint.

Let your little one paint rainbows all over the shower walls. Sure, it’s a bit messy, but it guaranteed easy clean up for both your toddler and your shower.

 

 

Sources:

-“Boredom Beaters.” Parenting.com

-“Homemade playdough recipe.” Family Education

-Photo courtesy of imagerymajestic/freedigitalphotos.net

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