By: Danielle McFadden
During the blizzard I was happily snowed in for a couple of days with Adam and Zoe. While Adam was out shoveling (thanks Adam!) I decided to bust out the big guns in the form of a $15 bag of 150 plastic balls. I put them in a big plastic bin and Zoe gleefully climbed in.
Here are some games you can play with your toddler if you decide to make this inexpensive and fun investment:
– Hide some of your child’s favorite toys and watch as he or she digs for them. You can even ask your child to search for specific items. You could even take this a step further and hide a few new toys in the balls. Make it a treasure hunt!
– Teach or reinforce colors by sorting the balls by color or asking your child to hand you a specific color ball. You can also practice counting the balls that you’ve sorted or creating color patterns.
– Play basketball by tossing the balls into the bin. You child will have a blast whether he or she is in the bin at the time OR throwing the balls into the bin.
– Pull/push the bin around the room while your child is sitting in it. What a fun ride!
– Finally, have your child help you clean up the balls and show him or her that cleaning up can be a lot of fun (if us Moms keep telling ourselves that will it become true?)
(If you don’t have an oversized bin, you can also fill up a plastic or inflatable pool.)
What are some fun and inexpensive ideas you have to help cure cabin fever with your kids? Comment below or tweet to @DMcFaddenLowell.