Winter time with a toddler can be tricky sometimes with the weather. You might find yourself not being as active as you might during the spring or summer months because the go-to favorite of the park is not possible in the rain. Here are a few ideas of developmentally appropriate activities for toddlers in the community and at home to help keep busy.
In The Community:
- The Children’s Discovery Museum offers a few exhibits that are sponsored by First 5, Santa Clara County. Therefore, they are designed specifically with children under the age of 4 in mind. Exhibits Sponsored by First 5: The Wonder Cabinet and WaterWays
Þ Story Time and Other Activities
- Each library is different, but typically they each offer different opportunities for toddlers. Here are a few examples:
- San Jose Public Library: Baby and Toddler Story Time with Stay and Play
- Pajamarama Storytime: Cuentos En Espanol y Ingles: Bilingual Storytime on the fourth Friday of every month, 7-8pm atBarnes and Noble, 2200 Eastridge Loop, San Jose, CA 95122
- Alameda County Library- Newark Library: Toddler Time
- Alameda County Library-Union City Branch: Family Music and Movement Time
- Sunnyvale Library: Terrific 2’s and 3’s: stories, songs and movement
Wild Animal Safari: Sneak outside with as many stuffed animals as you can find and hide them in your yard: up trees, inside shrubs, behind bushes. Next, tell the children it’s time to go on a wild animal safari! They’ll have fun discovering their beloved creatures in such unfamiliar places. (Taken from Bay Area Parent)
Flashlight Hunt: Playing in the dark can be fun! Before you start this activity, go into your child’s room or some other room in the house and place some of his favorite toys/books around the room. To begin this activity, you can review the concept of a lighted room and a dark room. Then let your little one turn the light switch off and turn the flashlight on. Ask him to try to find his teddy bear with the flashlight. As he swings the light around, you can mention all of the thing you see until you get to the teddy bear, or whatever he was “hunting” for with the light. You can also review the different parts of a room…ceiling, floor, window, door, closet, bed, dresser…by flashing the light on each. (Taken from Toddler to Toddler).
Toddler Bowling: Line up three or four (or more) empty plastic soda bottles or unopened paper towel rolls. Show your toddler how to roll a large rubber ball to knock them over. (Taken from Family Education)
-Alana Garcia-Chavez, M.S., CCC-SLP