I am loving the Spring weather here in CT! Baby E and I enjoyed a walk in the park and a ride on the swings in the playground with some friends. We’ve been on three walks so far this Spring, and only three as sadly there have only been three nice and warm days so far. The days in between the sunny warm ones can seem to drag on and on, making me even more stir crazy than before. I’ve been reminded how lovely Spring and long walks are and I want more! If you’re feeling the same with your little one, here are a few of our favorite sensory stimulating indoor activities to pass the time in between the beautiful days.
Since Baby E puts any and everything in her mouth these days I wanted a homemade finger paint recipe that was gluten free. I tried a few, and this one has had the best texture and has dried the best so far!
3 Tbs sugar
½ tsp salt
½ Cup cornstarch
2 Cups water
Combine ingredients in a small saucepan, and warm on medium low until mixture thickens (this takes about 10 minutes, so be patient!) Stir often to prevent scalding.
Pour in containers and add food coloring as desired.
This is a great post meal activity, when they’re already in their highchair and messy! All you need is some cornstarch and water. It’s cold, slimy and somewhat sticky. A little goes a long way, add a couple tablespoons of water to a ¼ cup of cornstarch.
Don’t belong to a YMCA or fitness center? Find a hotel in your area with a pool and open hours. This is so much fun for little ones and such a great sensory experience for them, from the water itself, to floating (with assistance of course!) and more. If you’re up for it sign up for a swim class in your area, many start as young as 6 months.
Library “Lap” or Story Times
Held at your local library, these are typically free, a great time for the little ones and a good way to meet other parents in the area. Enjoy stories, songs, activities, and even art projects!
What are some of your favorite indoor activities with your little ones??