I’m going to be spending more time than usual with Seren in January so I need to be organised with a list of things to do to
distract her from watching DisneyCollectorBR on YouTube fill our days. I want to keep things relatively low key though as I think we all need to calm down a bit after the excitement and expense of Christmas. My ideas so far:
1. Wrap up and head out into the cold for some fresh air. I think it might be the only way I’ll get Imogen to nap at the moment. We went for a walk yesterday afternoon and took flasks of coffee and hot chocolate to drink with marshmellows! Seren is happy to have some sort of picnic whatever the whether.
2. Winter wonderland play like our Frozen inspired snow dough play tub which is still being played with here.
3. Head to the library. Ours has a little play area, cafe and runs Rhyme Time and Stay and Play sessions. And you can even borrow books, whatever next! I don’t use it nearly enough apart for sheltering from the rain.
4. Have a jigsaw afternoon. I’ve started to make sure there’s always a jigsaw or two out on the table (definitely not the floor as Imogen finds the pieces super tasty) that Seren can help herself to. She’s getting better at finding the corners and straight bits and putting a couple of the right pieces together.
5. Book a theatre trip. It seems like panto season is still in full swing here until the end of the month. We went to see The Gruffalo’s Child last weekend and loved it.
6. Get creative. Seren loves painting and I’ve just ordered a stash of card, canvasses and glittery paint so she can create some cards, gifts and artwork for her room.
7. Feed the birds. We did this as part of our advent activities last month but it’s time to make some more. I read somewhere that if you start leaving food out in winter then you should keep doing so until spring as the
squirrels birds come to rely on it.
8. Catch up on health checks and appointments. Boring but what with illnesses and the festive rush I haven’t had Imogen weighed at the baby clinic for a while. Seren is due her pre-school booster vaccinations and I’ve also booked her very first dentist appointment!
9. Try a new activity. We’ve shaken up our weekly routine and Imogen and I are trying out a new music group soon (she’s definitely ready for a bit more stimulation!).
10. Welcome a gnome into your home. A sort of not-just-for-Christmas version of Elf on the Shelf. Family Days Tried and Tested launched a limited run of Gnome in the Home kits back in October and I snapped one up as I love the creative play they do with their kids. I decided to put it away until after Christmas to bring out towards the end of January.
I’d love to hear your ideas for cold weather play!
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