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Toddler Celebrations: Winter

Activities

Hold an indoor snowball toss.  Wad up newsprint and let your child toss the "snowballs" at a goal, such as a laundry basket or a bucket.  Alternatively, your child could stand in his crib and drop the balls into a bucket on the floor.

Mix food coloring and water in a spray bottle.  Show your toddler how to spray colorful designs in the snow.

Toddler Sled: Walking in snow can be hard for little legs.  Pull your child around in a small toboggan or sled instead.

Snowball Splash: Your toddler might not be ready for a snowball fight, but she can still have fun with snowballs.  Show him how to pick up a snowball and drop it onto the ground.  She'll get the most satisfying "splat" if you do this activity on a shoveled patio or driveway.

Crafts

Let your toddler help you cut paper snowflakes.  You'll need to fold the paper and man the scissors.  Ask your child to pick what shape you should cut into the edge of the snowflake.  Repeat until you have made plenty of cuts.  Unfold and show your child the snowflake you designed together.  Older toddlers might be able to handle the cutting, especially if you draw lines for them to cut along. 

South for the Winter: Print small clip art of geese flying, or draw some yourself. Cut them out. Draw a large 'V' on blue paper, and let your toddler stick the geese onto the glue. Talk about geese flying south in 'V' formations.

Snowman in the Snow: Give your child three circles glue into a snowman formation on blue paper. Draw on a face and buttons, or let your toddler do it. Give your toddler a paint dotter filled with white paint for adding falling snow to the scene.

Books

The Snowy Day, by Ezra Jack Keats

Simon and the Snowflakes, by Gilles Tibo

Hurry, Hurry, Mary Dear, by N.M. Bodecker

It's Winter, by Linda Glaser

Bear Snores On, by Karma Wilson

Geraldine's Big Snow, by Holly Keller

Winter Is Here! by Jane Belk Moncure

Teddy's Snowy Day, by Ian Beck

Bear Feels Sick, by Karma Wilson