Lately it’s been pretty chilly. So playing outside hasn’t been high on my priority list. In order to keep little ones entertained during the winter, here are a few activities we’ve tried. Recipes at the end.
We’ve made several different types of playdoh and all have been a success. Meaning they were actually played with for more than 5 min. My two favorites are ice cream playdoh and gingerbread playdoh.
Making slime is fairly easy, but the whole activity can be slightly messy. We had a lot of fun with the fluffy slime recipe. It’s sticky and hard to use the playdoh tools with. So I just laid out parchment and gave him some sprinkles to mix in and play around with.
Stay with me here. Toddlers love to “help”, so I’ve had mine help me with washing dishes, organizing spaces, mopping, etc. Really, he’s just playing – but it is teaching him to pitch in and he’s proud to show me when he’s done. Washing dishes keeps him busy for especially long. The kitchen looks like a Tsunami hit it after, but oh well.
Hope you enjoy some of these activities.
ICE CREAM PLAYDOH
This activity was sweet and fun and messy… For the frosting, pick whatever color you’d like the ice cream to be. My son picked out lemon.
- 1 jar pre-made frosting (about 2 cups)
- 5 cups of powdered sugar (may not use all)
- Mixer with dough hook
- Ice cream cones
- Add frosting to mixer bowl, then add powdered sugar in slow increments using the dough hook attachment on your mixer, continually scraping the sides of the bowl. The playdoh will begin to look just like ice cream in your mixer. Touch it as you’re incrementally adding powdered sugar and, if it feels sticky, continue to add in powered sugar.
- Takes out of mixer and give to your toddler to play with along with the ice cream cones and any other fun scoops etc you have.
This is my favorite playdoh. It smells wonderful and last forever. We made ours weeks ago and it’s still going strong.
• 1 cup Flour
• 1/4 cup Salt
• 2 tsp Cream of tarter
• 1 cup Water
• 2 TBSP Vegetable Oil
• 2 tsp ground Cinnamon
• 2 tsp ground Ginger
• Cookie cutters, sauce pan, spoon
- Mix all ingredients in a sauce pan
- Stir until your mixture resembles cake batter. It may shave a few lumps in it at this point.
- Cook slowly over medium heat, stirring constantly.
- It shouldn’t take too long for the mixture to thicken…continue stirring.
- Once the mixture forms one large “clump” you are good to go. Remove the dough from the heat, and once it cools slightly knead by hand until smooth.
- Keep in a ziplock bag or other airtight container.
This mixture is very hot when it first comes out of the sauce pan. Let it cool before your little one touches it.
Slime is a cool substance but I’m not a fan of the super ooey gooey kind, so this is a good alternative for us. Beware, it will stick to clothes and you. I find that rolling my hands together gets it off best. Same thing if it accidentally gets on your clothes, try rolling it off.
When making the slime I am in charge of the chemical solutions and the mixing. This can cause some drama, but that’s a parents life.
- 1/2 cup White Elmer’s Washable Glue
- 3 cups Foaming Shaving Cream (we used Barbasol)
- 1/2 tsp Baking Soda
- 3-4 tbsp Saline Solution (contains both sodium borate and boric acid)
- Bowl, Spoon, Measuring Cup, Tablespoon
- Measure 3-4 cups of shaving cream into a bowl.
- You could add a color at this stage, but we choose not to bc I don’t like the mess it makes. We had white slime and that worked for us.
- Next, add a 1/2 cup of glue to the shaving cream and mix thoroughly. Add 1/2 tsp of baking soda.
- Add tablespoons of the saline solution to the mixture one at a time until it comes together enough to play with.
- Once you get the mixture thoroughly incorporated, you can pull it out with your hands!
- Spend a few minutes kneading the fluffy slime.