At Home: Winter Days Indoors

At Home: Winter Days Indoors - Activities for kids & mom to do together

There’s one word that people start to dread at this time of year. Winter. Folks here tend to start wincing and grimacing when it comes up in conversation toward the end of February. I enjoy the snow, some cold, and know the importance of having these season, but it can be hard not to grow weary of all the layers needed just to leave the house, the freezing wind, the cars that don’t want to start or need digging out. And we get grumpy about it now, because honestly, we’ve still got a ways to go.

I’m a homebody by nature anyway, but we definitely spend more time at home during these cold weeks. As a mama, it can be nice to have a *few* activities up your sleeve to do with the kiddos, that doesn’t involve snowsuits. Today I’m sharing some of the things that Sammy & I have been up to this winter, to pass the time cozy & warm.

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If I have one goal in life, it is to instill a love of buttons in our son. Okay, so maybe there are a few other more important things to achieve first, but a mama can dream.

Imagine how tickled I was to come across this super cute game for kids using buttons! The full write-up can be found on the Inner Child Learning site. All you need is a pile of colourful buttons, pipe cleaners, cards with the corresponding button colours written on them, and a single die.

To play, you simply put the cards face down in a pile, roll the die, and the number you roll is the number of cards you take. Then you thread the buttons onto the pipe cleaner in the order you drew them. The result, colourful button flowers, which you can make into a bouquet! Of course, like most games, there are elements of learning involved. This game teaches fine motor skills, colours, words, sequencing & ordering, and counting. Sounds like a great game to play at a kids birthday party! Guests get to go home with a pretty bouquet and you could always provide a uniquely decorated flowerpot for them to keep.

When do you wanna come over and play?

button game

The ladies who pin

Oh yes, it’s time to talk about Pinterest again! A few weeks ago, I attended another Pinterest party. This time around, the theme was “babies & kids”. A very appropriate theme considering the number of new babies and pregnant women in my circle of friends and their friends. Drinks and snacks were all Pinterest inspired recipes and each gal brought a craft project to work on related to the theme.

Wouldn’t you know that, this time around, I didn’t get any pictures of the project I brought along to the party. It’s all done now and I’ll snap some photos of it soon. Instead here is a look at what the other gals were working on.

Jan's hair accessoriesOur host Jan is expecting her first baby this spring. She was hard at work making an assortment of hair accessories for the little girl they will be welcoming into the world. She’s been busy pinning away lots of different flower making tutorials on her DIY Inspiration and Tutorials board. Jan made clips covered in various ribbons and felt & fabric flowers. My fav is the beautiful flower made of lace from her wedding gown. Such an awesome idea for something to pass down to a daughter!

Shauna's tag blanketMy friend Shauna brought along her sewing machine and took on the task of making a tag ribbon blanket. It’s something that she’s been wanting to attempt for a while. A good starter project, as she gets back into sewing. I think Shauna might have used this tutorial on Melissa Sews. Or you can check out the list I compiled of various tag blanket tutorials in a post a while ago. Shauna’s tag blanket turned out awesome! Love the green fabrics she chose.

Rahimay's closet dividersRahimay spent the evening making closet organizers for her nursery. A great way to keep all those baby sleepers organized by size, so you don’t miss using anything before baby grows out of it. There are lots of tutorials out there for making these closet dividers, if you’re interested, including this one from Smile Steady. Instead of wood, Rahimay used foam core as the base for her dividers and she also played around with attaching ribbon along the edges. She is sure to have a super organized & cute closet when baby arrives!

Allison's flash cardsAllison worked on flash cards made from felt, which will also double as cards for a memory game. Again there are lots of different tutorials out there for this and there are some great sets available for sale on Etsy too. As Allison discovered, hand cutting all the numbers is pretty tedious, but I’m sure the end result will be well worth it!

And that was our super-duper crafty evening! So satisfying to spend a chunk of time crafting, after having to put that on the back burner with the arrival of Sam. It was also my first night out without baby! Perfect little break! Thanks gals!