Stuck inside during the winter season and do not know what to do with the kids? Here are some indoor sensory activities to keep the little ones busy.
Ages: I used with a toddler @ 3 and a baby @ 1 year old (Excuse some of the photos…camera lighting problems).
They are not all “winter” themed, but they all be played indoors. Some of them are my inventions and others, I have spotted across the web.
1. Bright white play dough with glitter – Toddler
I saw the idea from theimaginationtree but had to tweak the recipe to get the dough to form.
Mix 1 cup cornstarch, 1/2 cup salt, 1 TBSP canola oil, 1 TBSP cream of tartar, and 1 cup boiling water. Allow to cool. Add 1 cup all-purpose flour and glitter. Shape into a dough. Have fun!
To make ornaments: Bake shapes in the oven at 200 degrees for 2 hours. It becomes very hard. Punch holes and add ribbons. Or build blocks.
2. Indoor snow – Toddler but the baby had a little fun, too.
Don’t feel like bundling up and taking the kids outside to play in the bitter cold? Why not bring a little snow inside! I saw the idea somewhere but I do not remember what site.
Just fill a bin with snow; add food coloring (if desired) and there you have it! Try not to place the bin on your rug in the event snow spills over. You don’t want to wet your place.
I must say though, the snow stayed in the bin – I set it down on the kitchen tiles. Just a tiny bit ended up on the floor and that was my fault for trying to take pictures and directing the kids at the same time.
Make a snowman (looks more like a dog).You can see how clean the floor is still – no snow melting on the floor.
3. Colored Pasta – Baby and Toddler
I used these very tiny star pasta I found at Valli Produce grocery. I used 2 bags and added food coloring to half the pasta.
4. Cooked, Colored Spaghetti – Baby and Toddler
I have seen this on many different websites. I finally decided to try it out. Cook the pasta (desired amount). I used about 8 oz. Drain, cool, add food coloring. If desired, add some toys like shovels and other creative toys to items with for this activity.
5. Oatmeal Sensory – Baby and Toddler
Bring in a little summer by using oatmeal as soil and add some bugs.
6. 16 Bean Sorter – Baby and Toddler (Baby Monitoring)
Use one pound bag 16 Bean Soup Mix. Discard the packet of seasoning that comes in the gag. Pour beans out in a bowl and use some sorter containers or a muffin tin to sort the beans.
Sought by color
By size, or type, or shape
Or just have fun playing – I closely monitored our 1 year old who wanted to put the beans in her mouth.
The kids got the beans on the rug – but that is OK. They are easy to clean up and use again.
7. Shredded Paper Hide and Seek – Baby and Toddler
Use one or two bags of decorated shredded paper – $$$Tree. Add some toys and ask the kids to find them. For example, Can you find the triangle, or the watermelon, or the ball, etc….
8. Regular Play Dough – Toddler but the baby had fun eating them
Kids love play dough…I make mine edible because everything goes into the 12 month old baby’s mouth.
For red – Mix 1 cup all-purpose flour, 1 pack red Kool-Aid, 2 TBSP Canola oil, and 1/2 cup warm water.
For blue – Bring 1/2 cup water to a boil. Stir in 1/2 a 4oz pack of gelatin until fully incorporated.
Mix 1 cup all-purpose flour and 2 TBSP Canola oil in a bowl. Add the gelatin mixture. Shape into a dough.
Throw in some play toys -plates, spoons, cups, cookie cutters, etc.
The kids had fun making all kinds of stuff!