Here is a listing of all the great indoor, fall-to-winter activities, available for you and your toddler to enjoy together, found exclusively on my family-friendly news page at www.AssociatedContent.com/cmajors . They are categorized and linked by “Arts & Crafts”, “Cooking & Travel”, “Music & Movement”, “Science & Computers”, and “Theater & Story Time”, so you do not have to hunt them down individually.
All listed indoor-activity articles are toddler-friendly, safe, and developmentally appropriate for your child. Please follow all recommended safety guidelines found within each article.
Arts & Crafts
“4 Great Pumpkin Crafts for Toddlers”
Here are four great fall pumpkin crafts combining science, art, recycling, nature and problem-solving lessons for all your kids. http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/2105513/4_great_pumpkin_crafts_for_toddlers.html?cat=7
“Fall Kids Crafts: Bean, Lentil and Corn-Kernel Mosaics”
The great thing about this craft is that all leftover beans, lentils and corn can be turned into delicious soups, stews or popcorn, and eaten!
“Free Crafts Kids Can Make with Wilderness Treasures”
Free crafts can begin as an extension of your outdoor adventures collecting nature’s treasures, and with a little creativity turn those “finds” into engaging craft activities with your children.
“Thanksgiving Crafts and Activities for Little Toddler Hands”
These three baby-handed crafts and activities will help your child with fine motor skills, eye-muscle coordination, focus, as well as manual dexterity. They will also add so much to a baby book or to your family’s holiday scrapbook. http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/2239575/thanksgiving_crafts_and_activities.html?cat=24
“Repurpose Crafting to Inspire Creativity & Problem-Solving Skills in Toddlers”
Here are some fun crafts you and your toddler can make together, almost from nothing!
Cooking & Travel
“Edible Jewelry Snack Crafts for Kids”
Here’s a great way to keep your kids occupied while making their own edible jewelry, a make-and-take craft sensation for girls and boys.
“Pre-K Road Trip Across America”
This summer why not treat your preschoolers to a road trip across America with unique learning and fun motoring activities?
“Global Transportation Lesson Plans for Preschoolers”
Teaching your preschoolers about various methods of travel used around the world requires a world map or globe, several toys, a few songs and lots of fun play acting.
“Preschool Cultures of Our World”
Allow your preschoolers to experience cultural enrichment through art, books, costume, dance, food, language and music! http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/5649198/preschool_lesson_plan_cultures_of_our.html?cat=4
“Christmas Candy-Cane Shaped Cookies and Cheese-Biscuit Bread Sticks”
Instead of traditional pure-sugar Christmas candy canes, we have options for you! Instead, cut out most of the sugar and make these easy candy-cane shaped cookies and cheese-biscuit bread sticks, a fun holiday Christmas baking project with your kids.
“Dairy-Free & Gluten-Free Christmas Peanut Butter Cookies”
Why make regular peanut butter cookies when you can take this easy recipe and go wild with tasty toppings for Christmas? No dairy, flour or eggs here, but I will warn you these cookies do have a lot of sugar, but also lots of protein!
“Christmas Doggie Cookies: Wholesome & Homemade Christmas Treats”
Ever wonder what would be the perfect Christmas present for your dog? Here is a fun winter project for you and your kids, making homemade Christmas doggie cookies that are healthy, crunchy treats for your family dog, made with love.
Music & Movement
“Rain or Shine Indoor/Outdoor Preschool Activities”
When weather prevents your preschool from pulling out that ever-popular fleet of tricycles, thwarted by rain, snow or triple-digit summer heat, try these alternative activities instead.
“Top 10 Road Trip Songs for Kids”
Singing on a road trip is one of the best ways to make the time fly by and keep everyone happy.
“Best Musical Instruments for Kids Ages Two to Ten”
Instead of buying expensive mind-numbing electronic games and equipment why not get your children musical instruments to play?
“Top 10 Children’s Songs by Raffi”
Get your video camera ready, because you won’t want to miss a note or one single baby dance-step when your toddlers start moving to these favorite Raffi songs.
“Favorite Christmas & New Years Songs for Your Children”
Many years ago family groups and church choirs would bundle up for winter weather and go door-to-door singing Christmas carols. Although times have changed, children can still sing these favorite Christmas carols at family and church gatherings.
Science & Computers
“Hands-On Science Experiments for Toddlers”
There are safe ways to teach everyday science to your curious toddlers who want to taste everything!
“Geometric Shapes Recognition”
Help your preschoolers see life organized into shapes promoting pre-math and geometry-ready skills through manipulation and shape recognition projects and activities.
“A Preschooler’s Guide to Our Solar System”
Allow your preschoolers to experience our solar system with activities, games and musical theater.
“Top Educational Software Programs for Preschoolers”
Although there is no substitute for a child’s first teacher (mom or dad) there are some very entertaining and highly educational software programs available to assist toddlers (and teachers) on their infinite quest for knowledge.
Theater & Story Time
“Puppet Shows & Crafts for Kid-Fun Therapies”
Puppet shows are an exciting way for children to express themselves and resolve conflict in their lives. Designing and decorating their own puppets will keep little hands and minds creatively engaged.
“Turn Your Child’s Tantrums and Drama Scenes into Acting Fun”
Don’t let your child’s tantrums make you nuts! Instead encourage your drama queens and kings to redirect their creative energies into acting fun!
“Little All-Stars by Heather Lowenberg: Review of a Favorite Toddler Sports Book Set”
The characters each describe their sport-specific outfits, equipment requirements and provide brief game highlights to the eventual scoring of points, while fans cheer from the sidelines!
“Yes You Can Teach Your Toddlers to Read!”
Teaching your toddlers to read is simple, just follow these easy steps and within a couple of months your little ones will be reading.
With all these great choices, it might not even matter if you are planning on staying in this fall, or winter season. Free activities are a very good thing!