In the winter, it gets pretty cold where we live. Five years ago, that would have meant excuses to be a couch potato, and while I will admit to a few 'movie days' this winter, the kids certainly motivate me to get creative. Finding indoor activities for toddlers isn't too difficult, but an hour of preparation for five minutes of play doesn't always pay off. We have an arsenal of activities in a box above our fridge, so I can set up play dough or arts and crafts within seconds, but sometimes the kids just don't want to color.
Today I got creative with a roll of masking tape. I taped off squares around the living room, and made up a game that the girls loved. My youngest and I would place an object or two around the squares, and my eldest would jump from one square to the next, counting squares as she hopped, until she could pick up the object, then hop to the end of the squares and toss it in a box. It had simple rules, the girls had a lot of fun and burned off some energy, and it was super easy to set up - just a couple minutes with a roll of masking tape.
Here are a few of our go-to 'what can we do' activities:
Bringing outside, in (Bin full of snow)
Even after spending the entire day together, the girls insisted on sister-snuggles before going their separate ways into their own beds for the night. Having girls relatively close in age can be trying at times, but moments like these make every second more than worth it.