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It’s been a cold, snowy winter here in Utah. I’ve never really loved  winter but now as a mother, I hate keeping my toddler all cooped up inside. I find myself daydreaming daily about all the luxuries of spring, summer and fall. I miss not being cold, going to the park, walking around the neighborhood, wearing flip flops and shorts. I could go on for hours. Winter just isn’t my thing. I need the warm weather months to hurry up and get here! Till then, I’m thankful for a few toys that help me keep my toddler entertained and help drain his seemingly never ending energy.

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 Surviving Winter With a Toddler

Tablet– first on the list because it’s the most reliable but definitely not my go to. I usually try to get him to play with some thing that involves moving his body around to use the energy!
Bowling set– In no time he learned how to set the pins up and roll the ball to them. Great energy user. We actually have two sets. This one does better on hard wood and this one is alright on our semi shaggy carpet. My toddler has a blast with both of them.
Kid’s Dyson Vacuum– this is just adorable, isn’t it? A mini Dyson for your little helper. It’s great to keep him off my vacuum when I’m using it and he plays with it often when he decides to clean. The recommended age is 3+ but we bought my sons for him when he was almost 18 months old. I wish we had it when he first started walking!
Wii sports– last summer my toddler learned about sports. His favorite is golf. This kid golfed for hours and hours. He loves golf and bowling on wii sports. He liked baseball too but we switched to the wii U version and it involves the game pad more so he can’t play it easily. There might be other games out there that he could get into, but I like wii sports because it keeps him active and not just sitting on the couch.
Balls– as a boy mom, i’ve accepted my fate and I’m ready to be immersed into sports. We don’t have the “no throwing balls in the house” rule here. My toddler knows that the harder balls aren’t house balls but ball pit balls are free game! We even have a couple of these basketball hoops.
Play dough– it’s great for when I want him entertained/distracted and I also want him contained. I put him in his high chair with his knife, fork, spoon, and play dough. This keeps him quiet and happy while I nurse his brother, or just get a break from the constant go go go of toddlerhood.

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