10 Indoor Activities for Infants & Toddlers to Try This Winter

The winter months can leave you stuck inside with a very energetic little one. When trips to the park, exploration in the garden, and toddling around in the yard are out of the question, here are some educational and fun ways to enjoy being indoors with your child (other than playing with Monti Kids, of course!).

Winter activities for toddlers

Make Snowflakes An oldie but a goodie! Grab some 8.5 x 11 printer paper in wintry colors and child-appropriate scissors and you’re in business. (Toddler)

Mystery Bags Fill a mystery bag with baby-safe items from around the house, and let your little one sensorily explore to see if they can figure out what they’re grasping inside the bag by touch rather than feel.

Toddler reaching into mystery bag
Three mystery bags are included in our Level 8 subscription box for toddlers.  (Toddler)

Sensory Exploration with Spices In a series of small containers, assemble a group of spices. Your little one can smell each one and guess what it is. Alternatively, grind spices together with a mortar and pestle, or practice placing cloves into oranges in different patterns for a homemade air freshener! (Infant, Toddler)

Make Animal Language Cards Print out copies of  moose, bears, foxes, mice, dogs–any animal that might be associated with the wintertime in your state, to create language “cards” or a game of “Concentration” to play with your little one. (Infant, Toddler)

Pin the Button on the Snowman Using safe glue (we recommend LeGlue), decorate a blank snowman picture with tweezers/tongs, buttons, cotton balls, paint, and crayons. (Infant, Toddler)

Make Snow Globes Craft homemade snow globes with realistic scenes inside them, perhaps even your own home! With a mason jar, glitter, non-toxic glue, and a few small plastic animals, trees, or buildings, you have the perfect wintry scene. (Toddler)

Make Sugar Cube Igloos On a cardboard, aluminum foil, or parchment paper base, stack sugar cubes in the shape of an igloo or house and bond together with a combination of confectioner’s sugar and water. (Toddler)

Snowflake Concentration Create a game of  “Concentration” with an assortment of snowflakes. (Toddler)

Inspect Nature Examine leaves, berries, and spices under a magnifying glass. (Toddler)

Wash Windows Together Using a small spray bottle containing non-toxic soap and water and a towel, enjoy this household chore together. (Toddler)

Washing windows can be an indoor activity, too!

Winter Bathtime Take an extra long midday bubble bath (good idea for mommy and daddy, too!) with a sponge for wiping down the faucet or sides of the tub. See our bath time tips blog post for more ideas! (Newborn, Infant, Toddler)

Water Indoor Plants Together Fern trees are an especially great investment for this because they need little light and can take a lot of water. (Toddler)

Make a Fort Build a pillow and blanket fort for “sleepovers,” indoor-camping, or a new kind of play space. (Newborn, Infant, Toddler)

Study Astronomy Paste stars, moons and suns on the ceiling together, and introduce the night sky without going outside. (Newborn, Infant, Toddler)

Dance! Pick a favorite album or tune that you can “dance” and wiggle to together. (Infant, Toddler)

Read a book! Here’s help: Our favorite books for 0-3 year olds  and tips for reading with your baby  (Infant, Toddler)

❄️ Happy Wintering from Monti Kids! ❄️

To learn more about the Montessori method, download our free ebook, 7 Easy Ways to Support Your Baby’s Learning.

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