The following post is by contributor Emily Carter.
The season of shorter days and colder temperatures is upon us, which of course means more time playing indoors!
I don’t mind bundling up to get in some fresh air, but when things get really chilly, I’m on the lookout for something new to keep us entertained and warm at the same time.
My three year old, Miles, loves to read with us, and I really love finding ways to tie other activities in with our books. I love a good art project, but this time I was looking for something more active to get that big energy out.
Tying Active Play in With a Great Book
The book is written by Kristy Dempsey and is utterly charming. A silly group of animals and their crazy cars are on a racing adventure. The text is rich and fun, and the illustrations brought lots of giggles out of my little guy.
We liked trying to guess the winner and picking our favorite racers.
Mini Racer was tons of fun to read on its own, but we extended it by creating our own track and racing my son’s collection of vehicles.
Even my husband couldn’t resist getting in on the action.
This may just be my new favorite activity. The roll of masking tape cost me 75 cents and it will easily last through several track making adventures this winter, and it only took about 5-10 minutes to set it up.
Miles loved having an adult play with him, but he also spent at least 30 minutes zooming his cars around solo.
I’m guessing that most of the little girls I know would have some fun racing too!
Looking for More Great Books?
I want to let you in on a little secret.
Do you ever walk into the children’s section at a book store or library and feel overwhelmed by all the choices?
Me too! I want my son to enjoy high quality children’s literature, but sometimes it’s hard to find the good stuff. I found a resource book at my library called, The New York Times Parent’s Guide to the Best Books for Children.
So far, they have all been winners!
I highly recommend you check it out.
What about you? What kind of activities keep your little ones busy during the winter season?