Winter Blues

This winter is feeling particularly long with a toddler stuck in the house. Wallaby and I really seem to get on each others’ nerves by the end of each day when we don’t get some outside time, so on many days we bundle up and brave the cold for a short walk, but sometimes it is just to darn cold and snowy to make that happen. On those extra blustery days I feel like we run out of things to do very quickly—we both have short attention spans—and there are a limited number of things a 1 year old can do seeing as we can’t play with board games and coloring books and play dough yet, and we really don’t want any more toys in our small apartment or to resort to tv watching. This is what our activities look like lately:

Wallaby’s first wall masterpiece.


The pull faces at mom while she is trying to get cute pictures of me playing activity.

faces Collage

And the classic mom puts socks on my ears and I get to pull them off game.


So what we need are new activities.

One of my goals for this year is to find a couple of new activities for us to do each week. I know myself, so I’m aiming low here. Just 2, simple, new activities to add to our rotation of beating boredom this winter.

I think I’ll start off simple and try this activity today. And here are a few other ideas I have found on the world wide web, we’ll see which ones keep Wallaby busy the longest.

Felt Clothsline (I’ll probably make shapes instead of clothes— way easier to cut out)

Tape Table

Hardware play (Wallaby would go nuts over this one—anytime I fix something he has to help me)

Pipe cleaner threading

I’ll let you know what we love and what we try next. Do you have favorite keep-a-toddler-busy ideas? I’d love to hear them!


One thought on “Winter Blues

  1. Our go to is usually rolling a ball.back and forth but my struggle is getting Seth to play with me, He is so happy with his cars for an hour at a time… oh oh he loves helping me exercise. There are a lot of exercises we can do together using him as the weight!

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