Of course there are the tried and true- play dough, legos, crayons, etc, but these are the big hits at our house:
• Painters Tape: Toddlers like tape. Rip off a ton of little pieces and let your little artist go to work. Painters tape will easily come off of your walls or anyplace else your child chooses to put it. Colorful Japanese masking tape, though a little expensive for a toddler, would be a special treat.
• Clothespins: You can buy clothespins at any craft store or hardware store. String a line in your home and give your little one a bowl of clothespins and a bowl of washcloths. Show him or her how to hang each one.
• Coins: You'll want to watch closely and wash hands well after this one, but our toddler loves to take a jar of coins and sort them into different colored plastic cups.
• Glitter Glue: Stock up- this is a toddler favorite. Add a few pine cones and you'll have an activity that could last thirty whole minutes.
• Rice: Or really any grain you wish to use. You can make a sensory table or just do what we do- give her a bowl of rice, beans, or dried peas, at the kitchen table along with another empty bowl, a bunch of measuring spoons, cups, and a funnel- and she should stay busy for quite a while. Yes, there will be a bit of cleanup but it's really not that bad.
What are the staples you keep in your home for winter days?
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