I don't know how the weather is where you live, but I'm fairly certain Mother Nature is drunk! We had an unusually mild winter this year. It didn't get very cold and we didn't get much snow. Honestly, it has felt like Spring for the past month. Last night (or tonight since I haven't gone to bed yet), Lily and I left her dance studio without coats, and it felt warm! Two hours later, there was an inch of snow on the ground! WHAT?!?
I guess winter is having its last hurrah because the forecast calls for cold, wintry weather over the next week. That pretty much means I'll be locked indoors with four wild animals for a week. And considering Liam doesn't go back to school until Wednesday, it's going to be a rough one! Cue this mom going stir crazy in 3...2...1.
If I'm going to survive, I'm going to need some backup! Over the past year, we've accumulated a great collection of indoor "playground" equipment, and those items quickly became favorites. After last year, I knew we needed something for cold, snowy and rainy days. Joke was on me since we were able to spend most of winter outdoors! But I have a feeling we're going to be using our indoor playground a lot over the next week!
Little Tikes Foldable Slide
The Little Tikes Foldable Slide was actually a birthday present for Liam last year. We wanted something that we could store easily, but bring into the house during inclement weather so Liam's gross motor skills would stay strong. It turned out that Lily loved it just as much! (Mom Tip: Wait to buy until the middle of Summer. It's half the price then!)
In case you were wondering, it does fold flat easily!
Imaginarium Bouncy Horse
The Imaginarium Bouncy Horse was a great physical therapy tool for Liam. Even though it has been a long time since he mastered using it, he and Lily still love it! It's small enough to tuck away out of sight and the kids love bouncing through the house on it on rainy/snowy days!
Nerf Basketball Hoop
Liam's former physical therapist recommended getting a basketball hoop for Liam when he was just learning how to stand to encourage reaching and strengthening his arms. The baby ones were too small and the plastic toddler-sized ones were too tall. We had to get creative!
I discovered that an inexpensive Nerf Basketball Hoop was perfect for him! Because it is meant to be used indoors and outdoors by hanging it on a door or a wall, it can be easily moved, AND we can control the height. Right now, placing it on the back of one of our tall chairs is the perfect size for him!
Even better? It comes with a ball that's perfectly sized for little hands and it folds completely flat. When Liam's done playing, I just fold it flat and slip it under our couch!
Eocusun Folding Tent, Tunnel and Ball Pit
The Eocusun Folding Tent, Tunnel and Ball Pit is truly one of my kids' favorite toys! It can be used indoors or outdoors and it folds completely flat. It's durable and very inexpensive, too!
Almost every day, Liam or Lily asks to play with this, and since it sets up in about a minute, I always oblige!
Giant Inflatable Ball
When all else fails, I pull out the show stopper! The Giant Inflatable Ball is technically an awesome outdoor toy, but last year I grew desperate. After a particularly long bad weather streak, I inflated this bad boy indoors!
My kids were amazed and it kept them entertained for days. Yes, we had a giant ball in our family room for a week, but since it takes F-O-R-E-V-E-R to inflate and deflate, I was perfectly okay with that!
Thanks to confused Mother Nature, my living room is going to look like this for the next 7 days. Thankfully, setting it up and tearing it down takes just a few minutes. Anything that keeps my kids busy makes my favorites list. And if my kids are busy and content, then I'm one happy mama!
How do you keep your kids active and busy during winter or rainy weather?